The new-generation Subaru Impreza® four-door and five-door compact models, which Subaru of America, Inc. introduced for 2012, have been key players in the brand’s significant increase in sales and market share. With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and exemplary fuel economy, the 2014 Impreza remains highly competitive with models that offer only front-wheel drive. For 2014, additional sound-reduction measures result in a quieter cabin. Subaru made a rear vision camera standard on the Impreza 2.0 Limited models, using the 4.3-inch LCD screen of the display audio system. In addition, the available navigation system for the Premium and Limited models gains Aha® smartphone integration, giving the user access to the service’s radio stations, newsfeeds, audiobooks and more. The 2014 Impreza offers the highest fuel economy of any all-wheel drive car in the segment. Its 27-mpg city / 36-mpg highway / 30-mpg combined EPA ratings for models with the Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) are comparable to some front-wheel drive compact cars. Every 2014 Impreza is powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine and features standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a standard 5-speed manual transmission.
Bold Exterior, Roomy Interior
The 2013 Impreza conveys a bold, confident design that emphasizes its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive performance. In profile, the Impreza draws focus to its wheels with powerful wheel arches, a theme that debuted on the current Subaru Legacy®. The new-generation Impreza is the roomiest ever. Vehicle length and width remain the same as on the previous version for both sedan and five-door models, yet, thanks to a longer wheelbase (104.1 inches compared to 103.2 inches), redesigned door panels, the new-generation Impreza offers increased hip and shoulder room. Rear seat passengers gained nearly two inches of legroom. Sedan trunk room and five-door cargo room were both increased, with the five-door models offering an impressive 22.4 cu. ft. of space that expands to 52.4 cu. ft. with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded to create a flat load floor. The new-generation Impreza features a more raked-back windshield compared to its predecessor, and A-pillar bottom moved 7.9 inches forward allowing a front door opening nearly five inches longer for easier entry/exit. Higher hip points and a lower, flatter instrument panel, along with larger side mirrors, contribute to better visibility from within the cabin.
Agile, Responsive and Fun
A focus on optimized construction helped reduce weight from the previous-generation Impreza, contributing to the greatly improved fuel efficiency. The 2014 Impreza models weigh less than some front-wheel drive compact models, yet high-strength construction preserves Subaru’s standard for safety, vehicle integrity and agility. Strengthened suspension components in front and rear enhance agility, while liquid (hydraulic) engine mounts on models with the CVT help to damp out vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension features strengthened components and pillow ball bushings for improved ride, straight-line stability and handling response. The Impreza’s 2.0-liter 4-cyl. Boxer engine produces 148 hp at 6,200 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,200 rpm. The long-stroke configuration (84mm bore and 90mm stroke) emphasizes low and mid-range torque. The camshafts are chain driven vs. belt-driven in the previous Impreza engine, reducing long-term servicing costs. The new 2.0-liter engine employs the dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing to optimize torque performance and emissions. In the 2014 Impreza 2.0i, the responsive BOXER engine can be matched to a 5-speed manual transmission or the lighter, more compact second-generation version of the Lineartronic CVT that is now also used in the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester and XV Crosstrek models. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, which uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT provides infinite variability between the highest and lowest available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts. The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. With adaptive control, the CVT continually optimizes pulley gear ratios based on driving preferences and road conditions. All Impreza models (5-speed and CVT) feature Incline Start Assist, which helps prevent the vehicle from rolling back when moving away from a stop on an incline. Impreza Premium, Sport and Limited models with the CVT also feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. In the base 2.5i models with the CVT, a driver-selectable Low shift mode can provide additional engine braking when traveling down a grade, to enhance vehicle control. Other technologies helping boost fuel efficiency in the Impreza include an electric power steering system, which by itself contributes a 2-percent efficiency increase, along with low rolling resistance tires. An ECO gauge in the instrument panel encourages the driver to operate the vehicle as economically as possible.