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2015 Subaru Impreza Review

The 2015 Subaru Impreza places in the middle of our compact car rankings. It boasts a spacious interior and a smooth ride, but it has weak acceleration and some oddly placed controls.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Excellent fuel economy estimates
  • Roomy, handsome cabin
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Numb steering

New for 2015

  • Standard rearview camera, 6.2-inch touch screen, and cruise control
  • Available adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pre-collision braking




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.5
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2015 Subaru Impreza Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru Impreza a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Impreza is a good compact car. Available as a sedan or hatchback, this Subaru has roomy seats, solid safety scores, and great fuel economy estimates. This latter trait becomes more impressive when you factor in the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive, which many rivals don’t have at all. However, a lethargic engine makes it hard for this car to compete with class leaders. For something more performance-oriented, consider the 2015 Subaru WRX

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Our Subaru Impreza review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 51 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Subaru Impreza?

Our site has nearly 700 listings for the 2015 Subaru Impreza, with an average list price of $16,800. Prices range from $14,000 to $20,000, and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Subaru Impreza Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 Impreza are projected to be around $23,100 over five years, or about $4,620 per year. That’s slightly above average for the class. For comparison, those costs are estimated to be about the same for the 2015 Toyota Corolla and around $7,100 more for the 2015 Subaru WRX than the Impreza.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Subaru Impreza?

The 2019 Impreza features several updates compared to the 2015 model. The 2019 has a retuned suspension, updated interior and exterior styling, and a roomier cabin than the 2015. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and more available safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. With a base price of $18,595, the 2019 Impreza could be bought for less than a 2015 Impreza.

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A few new compact cars can compete with the 2015 Impreza in terms of price. The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze sedan and 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan both retail for less than $18,000. The Cruze has lots of standard features, including some that you can’t get in a 2015 Impreza, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Elantra is available with these amenities, as well as more cargo space.

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Which Model Year of the Subaru Impreza Is Best?

Subaru redesigned the Impreza for the 2017 model year. Neither the 2018 nor the 2019 model saw major updates. The 2017 model received some changes that make it better than the 2015 Impreza, including newer connectivity features, more available driver aids, a slightly stronger base engine, and a retuned suspension.

If you’d prefer to stick with the older generation, pick the 2015 Impreza. For 2015, Subaru added more standard features, such as a 6.2-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, cruise control, and available driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru Impreza?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Impreza a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Impreza. The collision mitigation braking may not function properly, increasing the risk of a crash. Before buying this vehicle, make sure this issue has been addressed.

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Which Used Subaru Impreza Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Impreza is available in two body styles: five-door hatchback and four-door sedan. Both come in three trim levels: 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. Additionally, the hatchback is available in the 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trim levels. All Impreza cars have the same four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive, and a moonroof is available in all but the base model.

Regardless of body type, the Subaru Impreza 2.0i comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, cloth upholstery, and a rearview camera. It also has the Starlink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration via Aha, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. You might also find a model with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium adds the CVT as standard, as well as a six-speaker stereo and heated front seats.

If you want more comfort and active safety features, get the Limited trim. The 2.0i Limited features a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and automatic headlights. When it was new, the Limited trim was available with the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package, which includes a pre-collision warning and braking system, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. You might also find some models with a navigation system, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.

The 2.0i Sport Premium reverts back to the Premium’s equipment list, though it adds the leather-wrapped steering wheel and also has a five-speed manual transmission instead of the CVT. It has a few sporty styling enhancements as well. The Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited combines the Sport Premium’s stylish updates with the Limited’s equipment list. It has the same options as the Limited too.  

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust, according to our analysis. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Impreza?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Impreza an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in rollover and side crash tests, and four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave both the hatchback and sedan the highest rating of Good in every area tested. The Impreza sedan was also named a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, which is the institute’s highest accolade.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2015 Impreza. The Eyesight safety suite of driver aids is available. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Impreza or 2015 Subaru WRX?

The 2015 Subaru WRX debuted for the 2015 model year. This performance-oriented sedan has sharp handling, which helps make it a blast to drive. There are also potent turbocharged engine options, especially in the WRX STI. On top of that, the WRX has top-notch safety scores. That said, the WRX has a poor reliability rating, a small trunk, and bland cabin materials. If you’re looking for a thrilling drive, consider the WRX. Otherwise, the Impreza is a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Impreza or 2015 Mazda Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 is one of the best compact cars you can buy. Like the Impreza, it’s available as a sedan or a hatchback. Its cabin is one of the best in the class, but where this Mazda truly shines is on the road. Responsive steering and a well-tuned suspension help it feel agile and lively while remaining comfortable over bumps and dips in the pavement. On top of that, buying the Mazda will save you around $2,100 on average compared to the Subaru. However, the 2015 Mazda3 only comes with front-wheel drive. If you can do without all-wheel drive though, you should pick the Mazda.

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2015 Impreza Performance

How Does the 2015 Subaru Impreza Drive?

The 2015 Subaru Impreza only has one available engine: a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard in the 2.0i and 2.0i Sport Premium trims. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available in those two and standard in the other trims.

The engine is fine for driving around town, though it feels sluggish at highway speeds. It also struggles to deliver quick bursts of power for passing. The CVT can be noisy at higher speeds. However, standard all-wheel drive is a major plus. A well-tuned suspension soaks up road flaws and keeps the ride comfortable. Handling is responsive, but the numb steering reduces the Impreza’s sporty appeal.

Does the 2015 Subaru Impreza Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its CVT, the Impreza gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those estimates make this Subaru one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the compact car class, and it’s especially impressive since it has standard all-wheel drive.  

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2015 Impreza Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Impreza Seat?

Regardless of body style, the 2015 Subaru Impreza seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and spacious, and the rear seats are some of the roomiest in the class. The cabin features soft-touch materials and has great build quality.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Subaru Impreza?

This hatchback and sedan have two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a single tether anchor and can borrow a lower anchor from either side. In the hatchback, the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats and can be hard to maneuver around, and some of the tethers could be confused for other hardware.

2015 Subaru Impreza Features

The Impreza comes standard with Pandora and Aha app connectivity, a 6.2-inch touch screen, the Starlink infotainment system, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Available equipment includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, a moonroof, and the Eyesight suite of driver aids. 

The Starlink interface is generally easy to use, and most of the physical controls are logically arranged. However, the sound quality isn’t great, and some of the indicators can be hard to read.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Dimensions

Subaru Impreza Cargo Space

The 2015 Impreza sedan has a 12-cubic-foot trunk, and the hatchback has 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 52.4 cubic feet with them folded. The sedan’s trunk is small, but the hatchback’s cargo space is large for the compact car class, on par with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf.

2015 Impreza Length and Weight

This vehicle is around 14.5 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 2,955 to 3,131 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Subaru Impreza Built?

Subaru built the 2015 Impreza in Japan.


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