It used to be that consumers had 3 things to go off of when it came to car shopping. The MSRP, what a friend paid for their vehicle and consumer reports' new car buying advice and ratings. Dealers knew one thing back then, it was gross, gross, gross. No, not that gross, but $$$ cash flow, (of income, profit, or interest) without deduction of tax or other contributions; total. Purchasing a car took a lot of time, a lot of haggling and left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
Of course, that's the way things used to be. Fret not, for the game has changed. Theinternet has leveled the playing field and is fully equipped with the tools and information consumers need for the road ahead.
Do your Homework. Only you can help you.
I know what you're thinking, "Where do I start?" I'll tell you where to start. First things first, don't get overwhelmed. There are a lot of tools available to help you, the consumer find the right car, the right deal and the best bang for the buck.
Edmunds.com has Edmunds Price Promise® a pricing tool that "makes it easy to connect with dealers that have agreed to provide you with an up-front
price on a specific car you want. You'll also have a personal contact at the dealership when
you're ready to buy."
Truecar.com has a great new app that lets you scan vehicles and find out what others have paid for the same model and trim in the surrounding area. They too, like Edmunds, partner with dealers to give consumers an upfront haggle free price. Nobody likes to negotiate, and if they do, odds are their sitting in the seat across from you.
Costco members get access to an already pre-negotiated price as well, some costco pricing is spot on and usually only about $500 over invoice. Everybody wins.
Two-words: Internet Department. Most dealerships now have dedicated departments to helping consumers get everything done and negotiated before they even walk in the door. The dealership's website is the very best route to take when looking into buying a car. Most dealerships have a chat service, contact form and even a trade-in appraisal page to help make buying a car as easy and painless as possible. You shouldn't even have to worry about a bait and switch, and if they do try and pull something fishy on you, pull up your net and turn around and never come back. Most dealerships will be pretty straight forward with buyers.
Remember, as evil as car dealers may seem to be at times, everyone's got to eat. Just do a little bit of homework and research before you walk in the door, you'll save some dough and be happy you did.
Subaru is claiming that the new 6-speed transmission has been engineered for a smoother transfer of power through a Synchromesh Technology. Basically A synchromesh gear-changing system matches the speed of an intended gear change to the speed of the current selected gear. (basically elminating any need for double-clutching) By matching their speeds, the gear change will be smooth and void of any grinding noise.
Carbon Synchronizers have been used for 1st, 2nd, and reverse gears, in addition with meticulous honing for 2nd and 3rd gears enabling smoother surfaces to reduce wear. 4th, 5th and 6th gears have also been designed with overdrive ratios, helping turn the drive-shaft faster and than the gears are rotating, thus improving fuel efficiency.
2015 WRX 6-Speeds now use a cable shift linkage, rather than rods. It was designed to be quiet and simple, connecting the shifter and the transmission. One cable is located at the top of the transmission housing and the other at the other side. The side cable moves the selector arm forward and rearward to change gears. The cable has a counter weight to help shifting feel more engaging. This method was used instead of a rod mechanism because it provides a quick, responsive shift while transferring less noise to the interior.
2015 Subaru WRX Gear Ratios
The total gear-ration coverage coverage of all six speeds is wider than the range of five speed previous generation. The new ratios have a broader range, more enjoyable and enable easier gear changes. Look for more WRX Acessories and Sport Package Information here.
We see a little bit of WRX styling interior, Dash/Controls and maybe even those seats?
Grille and headlights look the same, with new aggressive styling on the front bumper, similar to the new 2015 WRX.
The exterior also has a slight 2015 Legacy resemblance, the hood in particular.
Subaru's official Press Release
Cherry Hill, N.J. -
Subaru of America, Inc., which has posted record-breaking sales every
year for the past six years, has introduced a comprehensively upgraded
Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza
joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s
innovative, award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which
includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane
All Impreza models are powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine
and feature standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. For 2015, the
Lineartronic CVT is now standard for the Premium and Limited trims and
it has been tuned to provide a more natural stepped shift pattern. A
5-speed manual continues as standard in the base 2.0i and the Sport
The 2015 Impreza offers improved fuel economy, strengthening its
position as offering the highest fuel economy of any gasoline All-Wheel
Drive car offered in the United States. Its EPA estimated ratings of up
to 28 mpg city / 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined for models with the
Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) are comparable
with front-wheel drive cars.
New Look, New Value The 2015 Impreza debuts revised front styling with a new front
bumper, grille and headlights that give it a closer kinship to the
all-new 2015 Legacy®. A new exterior mirror enhances aerodynamics, as
does a low-profile trunk spoiler on 4-door models. The sedans also
feature LEDs (light emitting diodes) for the center high mounted
Impreza’s updated design includes new measures to make the ride quieter,
including additional sound deadening and thicker side glass windows
with improved sealing. A quick-ratio electric power assisted steering,
standard on all models, enhances handling agility.
Already one of the best-equipped models in its segment, the Impreza
gains additional standard features to enhance value for 2015. The base
2.0i model gains standard cruise control and a touch-screen infotainment
system, and all trims now have a standard Rear Vision Camera and
one-touch lane changer feature for the turn signals.
On Limited, Sport Premium and Sport Limited trims, exterior mirrors
feature integrated turn signals. The Limited and Sport Limited trims
also have new “welcome” lighting and an upgraded instrument cluster with
center-mounted LCD color display and a steering wheel mounted control
switch. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start system and PIN code access
are new options on the 4-door Limited and Sport Limited.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door
and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new
Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the
fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light
independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide
enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are
pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.
New Infotainment and Rear Vision Camera
For 2015, Subaru has significantly upgraded 2015 Impreza’s infotainment
capability. A new standard 6.2 infotainment system in the Impreza 2.0i
provides a multitude of music and information sources, all through a
6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display with single-touch gesture
control. The display also functions for the newly standard Rear Vision
The system integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast
System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone
integration with Aha™ Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio;
Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod®
control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, a USB port and aux.
input jack, and four speakers. The Impreza 2.0i Premium features the
same system, but with six speakers.
The upgrade infotainment system is standard for the Impreza 2.0i Limited
trims and works through 7-inch touch screen display with multi-touch
control that offers swipe and scrolling gesture control. This system
offers six-speaker audio and all of the features of the base system plus
voice-activated controls; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription
required); a vehicle information display; SMS text messaging, iTunes®
Tagging capability and dual USB ports.
The top infotainment system, optional for the 4-door Limited and Sport
Limited trims, adds a navigation system that can be controlled with
voice commands. This option expands information content with SiriusXM
NavTraffic® and NavWeather® services (subscriptions required) and more.
Fun for the Driver, Comfort for the Passengers
Built on a 104.1-inch wheelbase, the Impreza offers one of the roomiest
cabins in its segment. Rear seat passengers have 35.4 inches of legroom.
Five-door models offer an impressive 22.5 cu. ft. of space behind the
rear seat that expands to 52.4 cu. ft. with the standard 60/40 split
rear seatbacks folded to create a flat load floor.
Liquid (hydraulic) engine mounts on models with the CVT help to dampen
vibration. The double-wishbone rear suspension features pillow ball
bushings for exemplary ride comfort, straight-line stability and
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, reducing long-term servicing
costs. Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing
optimizes torque performance and emissions.
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 offered in all 2015 Subaru models
except the BRZ sports car. 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.
All Imprezas with the CVT, except the base 2.0i, feature a 6-speed
manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to
control the transmission. In the base 2.0 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 that help boost fuel efficiency in the Impreza
include electric power assist steering (now with a quicker ratio for
2015), along with low rolling resistance tires. An ECO gauge in the
instrument panel encourages economical driving.
Proven Subaru Quality and Value
In addition to its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the 2015 Subaru
Impreza delivers exceptional value throughout. Rich looking
appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the
dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. Roomy door pockets can
hold plastic drink bottles and large maps. Numerous compartments located
in and around the center console hold all manner of today’s personal
items, such as phones, USB drives and MP3 players.
The 2015 Impreza 2.0i offers one of the best values in the compact
class. Its lengthy list of standard amenities includes a
tilt/telescoping steering wheel; Rear Vision Camera, cruise control;
power windows, door locks and side mirrors; 60/40-split fold-down rear
seat backs; outside temperature gauge; a multi-function display with
fuel economy information; steering wheel audio and Bluetooth® control
switches; remote keyless entry system; security system with engine
immobilizer; variable intermittent windshield wipers and a low
windshield washer fluid warning light. Carpeted floor mats, an
extra-cost option in many cars, are standard in all Impreza models.
The 2.0i Premium increases handling agility with standard 16-inch alloy
wheels and a rear suspension stabilizer bar. For 2015, the 2.0i Premium
gains the Lineartronic CVT as standard. The All-Weather Package, which
includes 2-stage heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a
windshield wiper de-icer, is also standard. The 2.0i Premium 4-door
offers an Alloy Wheel Package that, in addition to 17-inch alloy wheels,
also includes a power moonroof, fog lights and a leather-wrapped
steering wheel with silver stitching, plus other trim upgrades.
For an even sportier driving experience and appearance, the 2015 Impreza
2.0i Sport Premium is a 5-door model with a more aggressive stance
from body-color rocker panel spoilers and standard 17-inch alloy wheels
to further enhance agility. This trim also brings fog lights,
turn-signal mirrors, roof rails, unique seat fabric and a
leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. A power moonroof is
available as a standalone option.
Topping the 2015 Impreza range, the Limited and Sport Limited (5-door
only) trims deliver the highest level of comfort and convenience offered
in the Impreza line. Leather seating is standard, along with the new
upgraded infotainment system, turn signal exterior mirrors, a color LCD
in the gauge cluster, Welcome Lighting and a leather-wrapped steering
wheel with silver stitching. Additional exterior chrome trim also
distinguishes the Limited trims.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Two Different Types
Subaru offers two different versions of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in
the 2015 Impreza, each tailored to the type of transmission. In models
equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission, the Continuous AWD system
uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential to distribute
torque a nominal 50:50 front to rear. Slippage at either the front or
rear wheels will cause the system to send more torque to the opposite
Models equipped with the Lineartronic CVT use Active Torque Split AWD.
An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively
controls power distribution in response to driver input, driving
conditions and wheel slippage.
The Subaru Safety Standard
The Impreza is built around the brand’s proven Ring-shaped Reinforcement
Frame body structure for exemplary collision protection. All models are
equipped with a standard 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the Brake Assist safety
system. The Brake Override system ensures that the engine power will be
cut when both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously.
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) combines stability and traction control
The Impreza’s roster of safety features includes a driver’s knee airbag,
front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer
front and rear outboard seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag
features a shell-type design with a center groove, thus exposing the
passenger to less impact force upon deployment.
Subaru produces a full line of All-Wheel Drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in
Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles,
parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers
across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in
zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is
the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard
wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional
information visit media.subaru.com.
This is a video (we believe may be staged, but still gets the point across) of a foreign motorcyclist who is doing their part to end a horrible litter movement. Or so we assume, nevertheless it is still entertaining. Woman vs. Rubbish