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VIN JF1GJAK68FH012903 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH | FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: CRASH IMMINENT BRAKING
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Legacy vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Outback vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Impreza vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to April 14, 2015, XV Crosstrek vehicles manufactured October 16, 2014, to April 15, 2015, and 2016 WRX vehicles manufactured March 23, 2015, and equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.
Great Car, but not the Perfect Car
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5
Bought this for my wife. It was her dream car. Got a Sport Hatch in Quartz Blue. Gorgeous car, fun to drive, excellent paddle sifters, great fuel economy, and great ride comfort. Very reliable, have never had any problems with it. Only a few downsides: -It sits sooooooo low. Really wish I had bought a CrossTrek to overcome that. The front bumper rubs on slight grade changes.... -Road noise is horrible. Especially when on a rough surfaces. -The multimedia center is atrocious. Slow to respond and the ability to utilize all features for an iPhone mean that a USB cord has to be used instead of Bluetooth. -The air-conditioning adjustments are hard to read. The little tiny line marking where it is pointing is hard to find during the day (at night it is lit up). Fuel Mileage Thus Far: Average 29.19 Highest 40.67 Lowest 23.99 After knowing these things, we wish we would have bought a CrossTrek, but we will stick with this so we don't get eaten alive by depreciation. A great car, just a few annoyances.
First Subaru 7 months in
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 5
Overall, I'm really impressed with the car. It's fun to drive and Iove it being so versatile. A lot has been written about the poor acceleration. It's not the fastest car I've ever owned, but if you use the CVT like you're supposed to, you can really do just fine. The gas mileage is incredible. I don't drive a lot each day for work and I'm filling up about once a month. The thing gets like 400-450 per tank, it's insane! I've driven it through about 4 big snow storms this year in denver and am extremely impressed. I haven't slid even once. I don't even know what the traction control light even looks like, it never comes on! As long as they plow, you're fine in this car. I also love how secure and safe it feels in regular conditions. My two negatives are the seat quality on the premium. I have a buddy who has the sport premium (same model) and his seats seem much better. Mine stain easy and even with a treatment of scotch guard, they still already look worn 7 months in. I'm planning on getting new ones as I want to drive this thing forever. The other downside to the car is it's entertainment system. It's awkward at best. I usually just use the bluetooth to make calls and listen to music. It works fine for that. If you try to get fancy and use voice assist or siri, that's when you get into trouble. It doesn't really integrate well besides the basic call and music features with my iphone 6. It can just cut out and rarely recognizes what you're trying to do. I just bought a wiz mount for my phone so it stays up n the dash nicely. I don't use much else on the entertainment system. The speakers sound ok but it took me awhile to get the EQ the way I wanted it. I think for most people the system is fine. After I pay the thing off, I'll probably get something better.
Affordable, safe and fun to drive
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5
This car may not be the quickest off the line, but it handles like it is on rails. Everyone who has rode in my car says it is comfortable to be in.
Its the weaker brother of the wrx
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3
So you have it. I have driven 21K miles so far in my 2015 impreza. I bought this car mainly because I could not afford the wrx, and this would be a good commuter. I have the manual gear box.. and its my first.. and i have to say i don't like it at all. The reverse gear has a hard time engaging sometimes. The first gear is not smooth to get into. The gas mileage on the reader and what i get when i calculate is totally off.. i am getting my 27 mpg highway.. which is totally less than what they stated. I think you should just go with the wrx or the suv. I will switch to a wrx next year.
Peace of Mind
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5
This is primarily my wife's car and I couldn't be happier, and feel more secure about her safety. We live in the Sierra's and the AWD came in handy the day after we brought it home (snow). We didn't get any deluxe edition, but it still seems luxurious and comfortable. Our dealer, Sangera Subaru in Bakersfield made the buying experience easy and readily negotiated the final price. Our next car (mine!) will be a Subaru...can you say Outback?
Excellent MPG for AWD, disappointing electronics
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4
I bought this 2015 Impreza Sport Limited in August of 2015 and it is now February of 2016. I live on a hill, in an area that gets snow and I had a 2003 AWD BMW 325xi with the sport package and premium package. The Impreza seems like a less expensive (especially maintenance) and better MPG option. The Impreza is a lot louder inside on the freeway and not quite a sporty, but that was kind of expected. The initial test drive of this car was very good. I liked the fit, finish and overall handling. The power was adequate, especially considering it gets 35 mpg on the highway. The front seats are comfortable and the winter package is very nice. I like the windshield defroster, the mirror defrosters, push button start and backup camera. It is easy to drive and has good visibility. I have been getting 30+ mpg on the freeway going about 70 on average. Around town is more like 24-26. Not bad and I have a lot of stop signs around my neighborhood. This engine is a bit different. It takes a long time to warm up and idles high for sometimes over 5 minutes. It can be annoying to wait so long for the blue temperature light to turn off. Even if I drive somewhere, like a store, and when I get back out to the car it will idle high again. Feels like a lot of wasted fuel, but I guess Subaru wants to stay away from head gasket problems. So far, the driving experience has been fine (other than the increased noise) and the Subaru handles well in the rain. The stock tires are Yokohama Avid S34 -- more of a highway/3 season type of tire and did not perform very well in the snow. I will get be getting dedicated snow tires for it next winter. The AWD works very well, but with those tires, it was constantly kicking in the traction control and sliding to a stop even at very low speeds. I am surprised Subaru doesn't match their AWD cars with a better true all season tire like the Toyo Celsius or Nokian WRG3. Most people buy these for snow driving. This car has a CVT with paddle shifters. The CVT is alright and don't like the shifters. I preferred the BMW system, where you move the shifter to the left and use the shifter to go up and down, more like a manual transmission. Maybe I will be used to it in a few thousand more miles. I don't use manual mode much, anyway. The paddle shifters add to a fairly cluttered steering wheel. I did not really test out the stereo and other electronics initially, but now that I have owned it a while, I am disappointed in those. The stereo sound is below average for a newer car, especially a "limited" model. I did not want to pay so much extra for the Eyesight and thus, I could not get navigation. Everyone gets in my car the first time and thinks it has nav because of the large touchscreen -- nope. Just a fancy looking radio with bluetooth. Subaru does have upgraded speaker options, but they are very high priced. They offered me the subwoofer for over $500 installed. No thanks. The overall touchscreen and stereo module looks impressive, but it is not very good. It has a Pandora app, but it has not always connected properly. The bluetooth is slow with audio and messages. If someone sends a text, the car will "speak" the message, but it takes sometimes up to 5 minutes from when my phone gets the text. The phone functions work well, but most cars with bluetooth phone systems are pretty easy to use. I am not super tech savvy, but I would like to be able to maybe utilize the huge screen for a navigation app like waze. This is a very good commuter type car for someone that has to deal with snow fairly often. I don't know what my plans are, if I want to keep it long term or find something in a few years that I might like better. There are always trade offs, so this is good for me right now.
It's not German. Get over it.
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:
I have 8,000 miles on my 2015 Impreza and it has been a great car for its intended purpose. Make no mistake though, it is not a powerful, quiet highway cruiser. It is a perfect around town or city car. If you drive on the highway everyday you will notice it is very twitchy at higher speeds and is very sensitive to sidewinds. It seems hard to keep it going in a strait line. Also, the Bluetooth/ touchscreen is terrible and slow. The front seats do not have a lot of legroom for taller people. All in all, the gas mileage has been very good, and it is reasonably fun to drive. My advice, get a base model because it feels like a $17,000 car, not a $25,000 car.
Great car Overall
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4
I traded in my old Scion XB from 2003 for the sport Limited hatchback and i have to say im very impressed if it had 20 or so more horsepower i would be one of the best performing compact cars on the market. The CVT itself isn't really that bad unless you floor it or when your going on the highway but other than a few slow shifts it is a great car overall. I live in Buffalo and the AWD is great for snowy weather.
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 1
I bought this car and within one month of owning it my low oil light came on. I work an hour from home and had to put 3 quarts of oil in my BRAND NEW CAR to make it home safely. I have had it to the dealership 3 times for the issue and i have not still not yet gotten an answer as to why I am losing oil. I have contacted the corporate office and they do not have a remedy for me yet either. I am extremely disappointed in the service I have received. This is my very first brand new car and all I can do at this point is hope that something good comes out of this experience.
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:
The mpg that I am getting is way below the estimate. Recently almost all my driving has been highway miles and, according to the onboard stats, I am still getting only 31.5 mpg.
2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5
Purchased this car and driven 22k miles on it. It is the first Subaru I have owned. It is a very convenient and an affordable AWD car for commuting. It is quite comfortable, especially in the back for the kids. (Do not have to feel the knees of the people sitting in the back.) Trunk space is enough to fit my needs. Typically, I always keep a small shovel, scraper, extra set of winter clothes, small blanket, first aid, flashlights, and other emergency items. Inside a good sized tote, it only takes up less than half of the room. The car will easily drive through the snow. I have already driven it threw a few snow storms and even a couple of rough blizzards. I find myself driving close to the speed limit on the highway during big snow storms while others without an AWD are going a quarter of the speed limit. Still be careful of large sheets of ice though, as you can do little to nothing on them. For going onto dirt roads, they work very well. I have gone camping a few times this past summer with it, and had no problems at all. It is actually quite fun to take on dirt roads because of how much it can make you feel in control compared to some other cars. The visibility is very nice, atleast compared to my last car. I can look at the blinds spots very easily. I have also heard some bad things said about the tires that come with the car about how they are terrible in the snow. I yet to of had a problem with them except a puncture that was caused by a pothole. For gas mileage, when driving for fuel economy, I have gotten 37-38 mph. When not driving for fuel economy, I still get a nice 33 mph. Which is very good for an AWD car. Comes in handy since I drive about 70 miles a day for work. The acceleration is quite good considering it is a CVT. The noise is not too bad. I have noticed more sound after around 10k-15k miles. For the reliability, I have yet to of had a problem at 22k miles. But will post again later down the road at much higher mileage. As for the Subaru dealer/service place I go to often. Very nice group of people. Will do their best to get the most out of your warranty (had to fix a tire due to a puncture, which they fixed for free.) Been using them since I got my last car. Personally I really like the look of the 2015 Impreza. Although the front looks very similar to a Legacy, I do not mind them reusing the look for this car. As standard they come with an entertainment touch screen. You can hook up your phone VIA bluetooth to listen to music, and take phone calls, which works nicely. I have not yet had a problem with it. It also comes with powered windows, powered mirrors, USB port in the center arm rest (sometimes inconvenient), lighter, rear view camera (very clear and big screen.) and steel wheels. (Upgrade for alloy steels.) It also has a Starlink app you can use from your phone to your car, which is garbage. (check the app store for reviews on that.) For my daily commute of 70 miles, I feel comfortable and happy so far. I would highly recommend this car for people that drive through snow every year, and for new drivers that are not use to driving in nasty weather. This car is definitely worth atleast a test drive at your local Subaru dealership. I really do enjoy this car, so much that I helped my mother get her own Subaru. I hope this review helps you out in some way!
My first Subaru and I love it!
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 5
I opted for the hatchback Impreza instead of the Cross-Trek for the better gas mileage and I have not been disappointed. I have just reached 2000 miles and I am averaging 37.5 miles per gallon, I drive roughly 82 miles a day so this is great. I have not noticed a slow acceleration at all. I think it has great get up and go. I don't have any noise or vibration. So far I love, love, love my Subaru.
My first Subaru
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5
First of all, this is my very first Subaru and my first wagon/hatchback of any kind. After driving my 2014 Dodge Ram 4x4 through my first winter in the Northwest I decided I wanted to have more interior room both for myself and other passengers. (Both human and dog). I have now owned my Subaru for about 4months and have driven it about 2000 miles. I have had zero issues with it to date. I've had multiple people, dogs, performance parts for another car, and a 700lb gun safe in the back of my Subaru. I have seen as high as 31mpg in the city when driven like a civil human being. My adult passengers had zero complaints about the back seats and I have no issue with the heated front seats either. I look forward to driving this car in the snow this winter. My only real complaint is the sub-par acceleration with the 2.0 engine and the CVT. Then again....this isn't a sports car. All in all I would give this car a 9.9/10. A little more acceleration would make this a 10. Awesome car!
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If you are in sales and travel.... need to use the blue tooth to communicate with customers......do not buy this car! I had my first oil change today. When I brought up the fact that the blue tooth was terrible, was told that there was nothing that can be done about it.
Not worth the trouble
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4
I have had my manual Subaru Impreza for 4 months and with in the second week of having it I had to take it in for an oil sensor replacement. This happened to me 3 times before they figured out that my car was using more oil than normal. I had to have the short block replaced and new sensors put into the car. After 2000 miles my car was a quart and a half low on oil. I have had my car in the shop more than I have had it at home. Apparently this is something that a lot of Subaru's are having issues with. Be warned it is not normal for your Subaru to go through that much oil in that short of time, along with having the short block replaced on a new car. I do not recommend a new Subaru to anyone. When I asked if the problem would be solved once the short block was replaced I was answered with "We hope so, but it could potentially happen again." The car itself is great but the mechanical problems is not worth the cost of the car nor the time. I like to drive my car not have to take it in every 800 miles to check the oil or have a repair done.
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Although I haven't had the car very long, I am very pleased with it so far. I don't have the unpleasant noises that I am reading about. I am in need of a hip replacement, and broke that same leg several years ago, so I have pain in both places. I just drove 1100 miles stopping 2times and stayed over night once. I had no pain. It was a very comfortable ride. I don't like the red lights in the interior, but with the dimmer knob I am able to keep it from hurting my eyes. I had no problems going up and down hills any more than any other compact & sub-compact car. Since I rent cars every time I travel (at least 1-2 times a year) I have driven many cars that size. The Subaru has been the most comfortable and best in performance. We need to realize that it is not a full size car and shouldn't expect it to perform like one. I am interested in seeing how it does on a long term basis, especially with maintenance and durability.
AWD and good mileage
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 5
I was trading in a six cylinder Ford Fusion with all the bells and whistles. Power everything, gps, etc. I love this little wagon's look and really wanted all wheel drive. I am not too bothered by the acceleration but I think even the basic model should come with GPS in today's world. I do notice it being nosier than my Ford and miss the power seats, etc. But overall good mileage so far and it is cute. I am going to get the rails for the roof to put a kayak on it and since it is so low I can easily do it at the old age of 65.
Best Buy Overall
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 5
We never buy a new car but when shopping for an Impreza, low mileage used were always more than new. So we ended up looking for a new one, with acceptable colors and price. Never found much difference in price and shopped internet in 4 states. Never found the desired color in stock but winter was coming and wife wanted all wheel drive so we made the purchase locally with an acceptable color. I've been a "car nut" since the 50's and have owed many from a full race Pontiac to a Mercedes and BMW but never a Subaru. The Subaru Impreza drives with the best once you replace the factory tires with good ones. I don't find the noise objectionable even under heavy throttle. The body has some flex which was disappointing but not unusual. Car is well made and solid overall. Subaru produces vehicles in various models but the option list in each model is sparse so don't plan on adding anything later from Subaru. The CVT ruins the car for me but the wife still loves it. It requires a different type of driving. Maybe I'll get used to it eventually if my wife ever lets me drive it. Mileage is great with warmer weather. As with all vehicles, it's not great when it gets cold. About 37 MPG highway in the summer and 27 MPG for shorter travel. The vehicle mileage indicator isn't as smooth as other vehicles and is off between 6 and 8%. For an economy car with all wheel drive, the Subaru Impreza is a best buy.
Great car for traveling, outdoorsy people
Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5
I'm in my late 20s and I wanted a car that would last me for the next 10+ years, and after shopping around Subaru seemed to be the best bet. There are some features that could be improved upon, but all-in-all this was the best car for my purposes! I was also looking at both the VW Golf and Mazda 3 and while they were comparable (and even better in a few circumstances) I figured the Subaru would last longer, be more reliable, and could handle camping in rugged terrain while also looking good in a city. Pros: -Handles great in rain and sand and have yet to drive it during winter but I can't wait! -Awesome cargo space: well worth it to get the rubberized cargo mats so I can fold the seat down and increase trunk space. Can fit my bike in the back no problem, and am working on adding a bike roof rack as well! -Visibility: I am short (5'4) and can see out of all windows and rear easily (compared with when I test-drove the Mazda 3 which I felt like I could barely see anything - main reason for not buying) -Backup Camera: perfect, clear and detailed -Comfortable seats and ease of use of controls (Again, compared with Mazda 3, which I couldn't really figure out) -I average 35mpg for city and 37.5 for highway, true to estimated fuel usage. This is even better than my 2005 Honda Civic. -Driving: Drives great, albeit not as zippy as a VW Golf (which I also test drove) It gets you there and has plenty of pickup for highway speeds (which I drive about 50% of the time). This was something that reviewers panned the car for, although in day-to-day driving how often are you really going from 0 to 60? -Bluetooth: This is kinda in-between a pro and a con - I love that the car has it, but my listeners complain that it sounds like I'm yelling into a tunnel. All-in-all it is a pro considering I never miss a phone call and can answer the phone without searching through my bag. I have never had bluetooth in a car before so I don't really have anything else to compare it to. Cons: Yes there are a few.... -CVT Engine: My only complaint with the CVT is when you are going from Reverse or Park to Drive - There is a significant lag time of 1-2 seconds for the gears to catch. This might not seem like a lot, but if you're not used to it and you're backing up onto a road you have to take it into account. This has definitely altered my way of driving so I don't end up straining the transmission by pressing on the accelerator too soon. When test driving, make sure to try this out. -Cloth seats stain easily - My interior is Tan and already have a stain on the passenger side seat from (of all things) a bouquet of flowers that decided to pollinate in my car. This has yet to come out :-( -Speakers/radio - The radio is constantly trying to find an HD radio station, when it does it will increase the bass and sound amazing. When it can't find an HD Station (which isn't often because I don't live near a city) the radio sounds tinny and slightly muffled. Luckily I enjoy books on tape (Mazda 3 didn't have CD Player) Final Notes: I researched the heck out of VW golf and Mazda 3 (among many others) and my reasons for choosing the Subaru included: My roommate had a 2007 VW GTI that had a major transmission failure that would have cost over $4000 to repair, which is kind of ridiculous seeing as my 2005 Honda had never had any repair that cost over $500. I also know that VWs have a sketchy track record in terms of easy and cost-efficient maintenance and repairs. Unfortunate because the Golf was my first choice. As for the Mazda3, when the Mazda salesman asked how long I planned on keeping my next car I responded "at least 10 years" to which he laughed and said "why would I want to sell you a car that you'd have for that long? I want you back here in 5 years!". Nuff said.
Great car so far *EDIT*
Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: Value Rating: 4
*EDIT* So i'm at 8k miles on it now. Not sure if it's because it's winter now or what, but i just drove 600 miles (almost all free way) to Tahoe and back, and got 26.7 MPG for the trip. I feel like the MPG is dipping lower and lower. My total MPG on the 8k miles is 29.1. I feel like this is a bit low since I drive almost freeway exclusively. The tires get some bad reviews, YOKOHOMA AVID S34, so keep that in mind. I feel like it slips on wet pavement sometimes. Also people complain about decreased fuel economy over time, and also general durability issues. There is some creaking that is developing in the car. I'll update if it goes away. Otherwise, Car is holding up well. ************Original Post********************* I got the Sport Premium w/ moonroof package for 22k last month, and i've put 1000 miles on the car. Many people complain about the noise, but I have had no gripes against it. The bluetooth does struggle at highway speeds, but works fine for when I need it. There's an interesting whirring sound when driving it at low speeds. I'm not sure if that is normal, but it has been there since I got the car. Also, the aux input creates an annoying sound when the device plugged in is not on. Besides that, I love the easy access storage room, I can fit 2 bikes in the back and still seat 3. MPG, over-all since I bought the car i've gotten 28.8, so looking for improvement there.
Impreza Premium (4dr)
Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5
I've owned 3 different cars in the last 10 years and I have to say the Impreza is one of the best ones I've owned. The ride is very comfortable, interior is extremely nice to be in, and the styling is very nice too. Currently I am getting 42MPG (mainly a highway driver). The car does not feel underpowered getting up to highway speeds however do not expect WRX acceleration or sounds.
Underpowered, noisy, totaled at 30 MPH.
Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:
This rather expensive minicar is made of very thin metal. in the first 1000 miles it has been in for dent removal twice and now has a third small dent due to the light weight metal body work. The four cylinder is probably best suited for driving on flat parking lots and definitely not suited to drive up any incline. Very noisy interior. Much louder than my full size truck. Just open and close the door on one at the lot and see what I mean. Disappointing car at best. UPDATE>>> In the month of February we were involved in a collision where our right front was hit by a mini truck at a speed of 30 MPH. our Subaru was declared a TOTAL and fortunately we had GAP insurance as the payoff was much less than what was still owed. I intend on getting a larger Subaru, the Outback or Forrester to replace the unimpressa. I should note that my wife purchased this vehicle as she is a nurse and wanted the "safest" vehicle to replace her 10 year old Volvo S80 T6. I did not "test drive" the vehicle and after she brought it home I then was able to "test drive" it. I read all the available info on the Impreza prior to her buying it and based on the written reviews I suggested that she get it. I have since been to the Subaru dealership and "test drove" the Forrester and Outback and these do not feel tinny as the Impreza did. NOTE: when I mentioned the totalaled vehicle the salesman asked "was your wife hurt?" I replied no and he said "that's due to the ability of the car to absorb the crash and the cockpit surrounded by steel protects the occupants". When I mentioned the crash was a 30MPH incident his reply was "see what I mean, she walked away from it" I think most vehicles can sustain a collision at 30 MPH without being declared TOTAL. At any rate these are strictly MY impressions of the vehicle and as I mentioned we are purchasing a Forrester or Outback to replace it.
It's PERFECT for its intended Purpose. 11,000 in 3.5 Months
Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5
This car is not going to "wow" you with fast acceleration, its 4 cylinder engine, or flashy interior/exterior looks. That is not what Subaru is about, so if that is what you are looking for, move elsewhere. This car is made for the outdoorsman, the adventurer, the nasty weather, and terrain. This car is super reliable and they last for forever, It has everything you need plus a little more (rearview cam, touch screen). Its very comfortable, and very safe in all weather conditions. Gas mileage is amazing for an AWD vehicle... Tons of space for your adventure gear, or groceries. Perfect car for the person who needs more storage than a typical sedan, but does not want the SUV bulk.
Swiss army knive car.
Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5
I have a 2015 Impreza 2.0i Sport Premium hatchback with CVT. It had to be safe, reliable, fuel efficient and accommodate my son's ¾ size bass (double-bass). Engine has enough guts and will launch the car from a stop, but it is no WRX. For me, engine noise is not an issue. Transmission is as quiet as the 5 speed auto in my Honda. Gone is the wind noise that afflicted our old outback. The sound system is great, no need to upgrade speakers. However, I don't plan to use the car as a P.A. system.
Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5
For a compact car, I do not think it is any louder then anything else on the market. My Previous vehicle was a 2012 Honda Civic EX and it was pretty much the same. The car is a great deal for the price, I went for the limited since it was worth it for a bit more money. It is not performance beast but it moves along just fine. I have 3K miles on mine now and I average 33.6 MPG- I think this is great for a all wheel drive vehicle.
Back to a small car again and loving it
Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5
Traded in my '03 Passat V6 for the Impreza Sport. Will teach my daughter to drive it and give it to her when she leaves for college. The driving position reminds me of my '91 Integra - low with good vision. However the Subie is much more planted to the ground and only the deranged will be able to detach it. Steering has good road feedback and while braking might seem soft it isn't. The engine w/CVT is peppy but better for our curvy NH backroads than a 0-to-60 competition. Excellent fit/finish with goodies like heated seats, upgraded BT stereo, heated wipers and mirrors. Solid feel to the doors and sheet metal. In short, a great commuting car that you can also toss around.
Best All Wheel Drive compact car
Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5
I have been a big fan of Mazda 3 and for the sake of All Wheel Drive due to heavy snow in North east, I changed to Subaru Impreza Manual transmission. Very happy that I bought this. No regrets for leaving Mazda 3 (except of road noise which is more in subaru, but the driving stability of Subaru Impreza is incomparable). I used to be very scared of snow driving and now I enjoy driving when its snowing. Subaru Impreza is the best All Wheel drive system and the car is absolutely stable and has the best traction. I can change lanes in highways when snowing without a bit of shaking even when there is slurry. I enjoy the worst snow by driving. Unbelievable.
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