2015 Subaru Impreza
(Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru announced yesterday that the Impreza is getting a host of updates for the 2015 model year, including a standard rearview camera on all trims, an updated front bumper, grille and headlights and revised interior trim. According to Subaru, the Impreza's refreshed front styling gives it "a closer kinship to the all-new 2015 Legacy."

For 2015, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard on the 2.0i Premium trim, whereas the 2014 2.0i Premium trim came standard with a manual transmission. 2015 Imprezas with the CVT also get a marginally better EPA fuel economy estimate, at 28/37 mpg city/highway compared with the 2014 model's rating of 27/36 mpg.

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2015 Subaru Impreza
(Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru says the 2015 Impreza has additional sound deadening materials and that the side windows have thicker glass, both of which should help keep the cabin quieter at speed. Other enhancements include standard cruise control and an improved infotainment system on all trims. The infotainment system on lower trims features a 6.2-inch touch screen. Upper trims have an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and can be controlled through voice commands or with swipe and scroll gestures. Subaru's EyeSight system is also available on the 2015 Impreza, which features adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking.

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Kicking Tires writes that the 2015 model's upgraded infotainment system and additional sound deadening are welcome improvements, noting that the 2014 Impreza "is one of the noisier cars in the class."

Pricing for the 2015 Subaru Impreza hasn't yet been announced. The 2014 model starts at $17,895 before destination.

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