2015 Subaru Impreza Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza has joined the ranks of the most crashworthy vehicles on the road as determined by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car, available as a sedan or hatchback, earned the safety agency's highest distinction, Top Safety Pick Plus, when equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology; without the option, the Impreza earns the Top Safety Pick designation.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Starts $300 Higher, Adds More Standard Features

Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Impreza received ratings of good in IIHS' front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength and rear impact evaluations. EyeSight earned the car a superior rating in front crash avoidance. EyeSight comes as part of a $2,795 option package that includes a moonroof, navigation, keyless entry and push-button start; it's available on the 2.0i Limited model sedan and 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback.

By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Subaru's Impreza Fits Smaller Families

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When most families think of Subaru, the cars that seem to come to mind are the Forester crossover and Outback wagon. Many don't have the Impreza, Subaru's entry-level compact, on their radar. It's got a lot to offer with its family-friendly sedan or hatchback body styles and standard all-wheel drive, plus it's more affordable then its larger siblings. For smaller families who have active lifestyles but don't need or want a larger car, take note and get to know the Impreza. Subaru recently announced that it's refreshing the 2015 Impreza with a new front end, a standard backup camera and more.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Gets Some Major Updates

The Impreza competes against the likes of the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf. My test car was a 2014 Subaru 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback with a starting price of $23,990, including destination. It came equipped with leather seats, snazzy 17-inch alloy wheels and a moonroof. However, its most appealing feature, which none of its competitors offer, is standard all-wheel drive.

That all-wheel drive makes for sure-footed handling under all road conditions. Even on Southern California's mostly dry roads, the Impreza felt confident through the curves. However, the 2014 Impreza's 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine seemed sluggish when accelerating, and it was louder than other compact cars I've driven. For 2015, Subaru has added more sound-deadening materials, thicker window glass and tighter window seals to address the noise issue.

By Carrie Kim | October 14, 2014 | Comments (14)

2015 Subaru Impreza Starts $300 Higher, Adds More Standard Features

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza may not have the lowest starting price among compact sedans — that title still belongs to the stripped-down, hard-to-find base Volkswagen Jetta — but it still packs appealing value. Set to hit dealerships next month, the restyled Impreza's base 2.0i trim starts at $18,990 with destination and a five-speed manual transmission. With the continuously variable automatic transmission, it starts at $19,990.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Gets Some Major Updates

Both cars represent a $300 increase over the 2014 Impreza 2.0i manual/automatic, but the list of standard features adds cruise control, a backup camera and a 6.2-inch touch-screen stereo with HD radio and various smartphone-streamed apps. Like before, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, steering-wheel audio controls, power windows/locks, air conditioning and remote keyless entry are standard.

By Kelsey Mays | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Impreza Gets Some Major Updates

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Competes with: Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte

Looks like: Pretty much the same outside and in

Drivetrain: 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; five-speed manual transmission or CVT; all-wheel drive standard

Hits dealerships: November 2014

Subaru has recently released a redesigned 2015 Legacy and 2015 Outback, and it seems the automaker wants to update its smallest car offering this year too. The 2015 Impreza sedan and hatchback don't get a significant overhaul like their stable mates, but the compacts do get much-needed enhancements like a quieter cabin and new multimedia system.

By David Thomas | September 25, 2014 | Comments (11)

Recall Alert: 2003-2005 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2003-05 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and model-year 2004-05 Subaru Impreza cars, including WRX and STI variants, all currently or previously registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and equipped Takata-brand passenger-side airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. This could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. Subaru is one of several automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp. Last month, Subaru recalled nearly 9,000 vehicles in the same model range.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflators for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 8,600 model-year 2003-04 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and 2004 Impreza cars, including its WRX and WRX STI variants, all equipped with Takata-manufactured front passenger airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture; this could cause metal fragments to strike and seriously injure occupants. Subaru joins seven other major automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 660,000 Subaru Wagons, Sedans, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 660,000 model-year 2005-09 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, 2008-11 Impreza cars, 2008-14 WRX and WRX STI cars, and 2009-13 Forester crossovers currently or previously registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia

The Problem: Saltwater could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for fluid leaks; if none are observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced and rustproofed. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru has not specified a notification schedule. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 3, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2015 Subaru WRX STI — the even-more performance-focused sibling of the WRX and Impreza — is plenty quick and built for spirited driving. But does this "mean little sedan" justify its $35,000 starting price? Watch the video.

By Matt Schmitz | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Award

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The Subaru WRX, redesigned for 2015, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award, the institute announced today. This was the first time the IIHS has safety-tested the all-wheel-drive compact sedan separately from the Impreza, with which it shares a platform. The agency said 2015 is the first model year the WRX is distinctive enough from the Impreza to warrant its own testing.

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The WRX received scores of "good" in the four areas of crash testing, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side and roof strength. The WRX was ineligible for the institute's highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, because safety features including lane departure, blind spot and frontal collision warning systems are not available.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 5, 2014 | Comments (3)

The 2015 Subaru WRX Looks Better in Black (17 Photos)

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The 2015 Subaru WRX drew mixed opinions from our editors at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where a WRX clad in a striking red exterior debuted. Naysayers didn't think Subaru went far enough with an aggressive design, while others counted on the STI to be the aggressive and over-the-top model.

2015 Subaru WRX: Up Close

As one of those among the disappointed, the WRX's styling redeemed itself once I began testing a 2015 WRX painted Crystal Black Silica at our home base in Chicago. Cars always look better in black, right? The black exterior seems to mask what I thought were awkward proportions between the rear wheel arch and rear quarter panel; there's a lot of body back there and not a lot of wheel to fill it.

By Joe Bruzek | April 8, 2014 | Comments (5)

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