Price Range (MSRP): $18,195 (Impreza) to $34,495 (WRX STi)
Subaru, known for its lineup of all-wheel drive vehicles, introduces a handful of redesigned vehicles for 2015, the midsize Legacy sedan, Outback wagon, and the performance oriented WRX and WRX STi.
The sporty two-door BRZ remains the only non-all-wheel drive car that Subaru makes. A collaboration between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ is an affordable, rear-wheel drive performance car that is a blast to drive and looks good to boot. It features a 200-hp, four-cylinder boxer engine and plenty of standard features like navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Subaru’s entry level model is the Impreza compact car, which is offered as a sedan or a wagon for some extra storage space. For 2015, Subaru has added standard features like a rearview camera and a multimedia system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen, as well as adding soundproofing to keep the cabin even quieter. It still gets up to 37 mpg highway, a pretty remarkable figure for a car that features all-wheel drive.
The WRX and WRX STi get their redesign a year after the Impreza. The rally-inspired WRX gets a new 268-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, along with an active torque vectoring system that works with the symmetrical all-wheel drive for enhanced handling capabilities. Fuel economy has also been improved while the interior has been upgraded as well.
The WRX STi is thankfully still available in blue with gold wheels (in limited quantities though). It has the same engine as the WRX but it has been tuned up to 305-hp and gets even more suspension upgrades. Inside you’ll find Alcantara leather and a flat-bottom, racing inspired steering wheel.
Subaru also redesigned the Legacy midsize sedan, adding more space inside and better styling on the outside. It also offers more soft-touch materials in the cabin and advanced safety features are also available.
The XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid share a same platform with the Impreza, but are raised to offer more ground clearance and have a more rugged appearance. For 2015 they also add more standard features (like the Impreza) including a rearview camera, multimedia screen, and the EyeSight safety suite as an option.
Redesigned for 2015, the Outback wagon gets a complete makeover that changes the exterior styling, adds more fuel economy, and enhances the Outback’s available technology. Underneath you’ll find 8.7-inches of ground clearance, enough to handle most off-road duty.
Subaru also makes a small SUV, the compact Forester which got a complete redesign for 2014. Of particular note is the Forester’s roomy backseat, which is one of the best in the compact crossover segment when it comes to comfort and spaciousness. It adds the same standard features as the Impreza for the 2015 model year.