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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.

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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.

Given the crowd-pleaser features, that’s affordable — especially when you consider the standard all-wheel drive. Including destination, equipping popular 2015 front-drive sedan competitors with similar equipment would run $19,340 for a Toyota Corolla LE, $19,980 for a Honda Civic LX sedan and $21,470 for a Chevrolet Cruze LT with the Technology Package for the backup camera. (Ford has yet to price the 2015 Focus.) Some have minor additions here and there — automatic climate control, alloy wheels, more stereo speakers — but any way you cut it, Subaru is competitive.

The Impreza sedan’s next trim up, the CVT-only 2.0i Premium, starts at $21,790. Major extra features include 16-inch alloy wheels, heated cloth seats and two extra stereo speakers (for six total). Moving up to the 2.0i Limited ($23,090, CVT only) adds leather upholstery, with a moonroof, keyless access, a navigation system and Subaru’s EyeSight collision mitigation system optional.

Hatchback versions run an extra $500 for 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trims. The Impreza hatch also comes in exclusive 2.0i Sport Premium ($21,790/$22,790, manual/CVT) and 2.0i Sport Limited ($24,090, CVT only), which mostly add cosmetic touches. Loaded to the hilt, an Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback tops out around $27,000.

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