11/26/2014 Winter 2014 About the Author 2015 Subaru Impreza Put the New Year in High Gear By Kristin Terpeza 11/26/2014 Winter 2014 ATTENTION, JENNIFER J FROM OHIO AND ALL LOVERS OF THE OPEN ROAD: Your Subaru is ready. We found the perfect car in the 2012 Impreza Sport 5-door … style, versatility, and fuel efficiency. – Jennifer J, Ohio, 2012 Impreza “The perfect car” That’s what current Subaru owner Jennifer J. in Ohio says about her 2012 Impreza. We hate to break it to her, but we keep making her perfect car even better. Oh, sure, it’s still the stylish, versatile, fuel-efficient, wicked-cool Impreza she knows and loves. But with improvements ranging from refined powertrain components and increased safety standards to more intuitive driver details and refined trim tweaks, well, Jennifer J. is just going to have to come up with a new word to describe the new 2015 Impreza. Whether you choose the refreshed Impreza 4-door style or the slick, yet versatile, 5-door hatchback, you, too, might well find yourself at a loss for words. Maybe “Perfect+”? You be the judge. ATTENTION, MARY-LU E FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND MUSIC LOVERS EVERYWHERE: Your Subaru is ready. It was 14 years and well above average in my last car’s ownership; and I was ready for a new one with its bells and whistles! – Mary-Lu E, South Carolina, 2013 Impreza In addition to the wireless music streaming and hands-free, voice-activated Bluetooth®1 features, the 2015 Impreza now offers the innovative Subaru STARLINK2 system, showcasing our sophisticated electronics: The 2015 Impreza boasts a versatile integrated music system featuring crystal-clear HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, as well as Pandora®, Aha™3, and STARLINK cloud connectivity, putting a world of music right at your fingertips. The true audiophile will want to upgrade to a 7.0-inch high-resolution display with multi- gesture touch-screen, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and 36 mixed presets for the HD Radio. ATTENTION, MEGHAN F FROM ILLINOIS AND SAFETY-CONSCIOUS DRIVERS EVERYWHERE: Your Subaru is ready. Impreza has had the distinction of being an IIHS TOPSAFETY PICK since 2008, but the accolades keep coming in, and now it’s achieved a New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star4rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the main reasons I bought my Subaru was safety. My Subaru saved my life, and I could not be more grateful. I will never drive anything else. – Meghan F, Illinois, 2013 Impreza We gave it a standard Rear-Vision Camera – ideal for backing out of driveways, precarious parking lots, and any other situations in which you could use a pair of eyes in the back of your head. Those who choose Limited and Sport Limited models have the option of including our exceptionally robust Driver Assist Technology: EyeSight.5 As you drive, two small cameras mounted near the rearview mirror monitor the road ahead. When it spots a concern – for example, a potential collision – it sounds an alert, signals a visual warning, and automatically applies the brakes if you don’t have time to react. Even if you’re simply headed down a lonesome stretch of country highway, it’ll alert you if you’ve strayed from your lane – in addition to obstacles ahead of you. New one-touch lane change signals give you an additional level of driving ease so you can feel all the more in control, even when fresh challenges come your way. ATTENTION, LEESA D OF NEW YORK AND ALL LOVERS OF GREAT DESIGN: Your Subaru is ready. Now is a good time to mention that the Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) tuning has been further finessed for a more traditional feel. What’s that mean, exactly? It’s been redesigned to mimic more traditional automatic transmission upshifting. It packs a smoother punch, even if you hit a series of hills. Did an hour in the pouring rain. It was the first time I’ve ever been in a car where I really felt it grip the road and actually felt totally safe inside! The more I drive it, the more I find I love the handling. It’s really responsive, so it’s a lot of fun to drive. It’s a great, safe, smooth ride. I never thought I’d be saying this, but I love my car! – Leesa D, New York, 2013 Impreza Along with with the momentum-enhancing tuning to the CVT, we’ve improved fuel efficiency on the highway. In fact, now it’s projected to achieve 37 mpg6 with Subaru Symmetrical AWD. Turn on the standard cruise control and let it roll. And, despite what’s going on outside your Impreza, it has improved on what you feel and hear inside by reducing NVH (noise, vibration, harshness). Who couldn’t do with a little less NVH? ATTENTION, MARY-LU E OF SOUTH CAROLINA: Your Subaru is ready. (My Subaru) rose to the occasion and carried me a.m. and p.m. all week, and especially on the two really “dicey” driving days, to feed and care for their four horses, one dog, one cat, and 17 hens. – Mary-Lu E, South Carolina, 2013 Impreza Along with the high-end stereo and smartphone hookups, safety updates, and CVT tuning, we’ve also shown a little love to some of the basics: The steering wheel has been ergonomically refined, the instrument cluster is easier to read, and the air-conditioning vents have been redesigned to maximize airflow. Rounding out the Impreza updates: On the outside, the Impreza has a newly designed front fascia and grille, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and exterior mirrors, an all-new rear spoiler, and a color wheel center cap. Furthermore, the Impreza 2.0i Premium features chrome window trim and 16-inch alloy wheels. The 2.0i Limited and Sport (Premium and Limited) additionally have a chrome shoulder trim and new turn signal mirrors. TO ROBERT D IN NEW JERSEY AND EVERYONE WHO LOVES THE JOURNEY: Your Subaru is ready. Are you? What do you like about your Impreza? Let us know. Subies really give you that youthful feeling of just wanting to wander and wonder what’s out there. – Robert D, New Jersey, 2013 Impreza Want to learn more about the 2015 Impreza? Get a closer look by signing up for a test-drive. 1 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. 2 Compatible smartphone and application required. For applications to operate, latest version of each application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 3 Compatible smartphone and free Aha app required. For Aha to operate, latest version of Aha application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Aha is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 4 Star ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safercar.gov program (safercar.gov). 5 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather, and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 6 EPA estimated highway fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.