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Old 04-21-2014, 03:49 AM   #1
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I recently sold my 05, and have the cash to go in on a new car. After lots of searching, we've sourced a couple of '14 sedans. I know essentially how they drive and feel, my buddy has a '14 Wagon. Haven't had an opportunity to drive a '15 yet. No dealerships in my area have any. It appears that the 2015 is essentially a different car, with the 2 liter, 6 speed, twin scroll turbo.

The cars are essentially the same price for me, so I'm just wondering if new is always better. has anyone driven both and can compare them for me?
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:04 AM   #2
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Everyone is going to tell you go with the 2015.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:13 AM   #3
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The 2015 WRX is superior in every way to the 2014.

So unless you really want a hatchback there is no logical reason to go with the older model.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:08 AM   #4
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Hey all,

I recently sold my 05, and have the cash to go in on a new car. After lots of searching, we've sourced a couple of '14 sedans. I know essentially how they drive and feel, my buddy has a '14 Wagon. Haven't had an opportunity to drive a '15 yet. No dealerships in my area have any. It appears that the 2015 is essentially a different car, with the 2 liter, 6 speed, twin scroll turbo.

The cars are essentially the same price for me, so I'm just wondering if new is always better. has anyone driven both and can compare them for me?
There are a number of members here who went from a previous gen WRX to the new gen WRX and say the new car is better in pretty much every way.

I think you owe it to yourself to drive a 2015 before buying a 2014 at this point in time. And if you do buy a 2014, you should be getting it cheaper than a 2015 for sure.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:36 AM   #5
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The only thing that isn't superior to old VS new, is the 11-14 WRX is quicker and came with more power. On paper they might have the same specs but the 11-14's were actually putting dam near identical power on the dyno's as the 11-14 STi. Charts I checked were putting the WRX around 230-240WHP stock. The '15 put down 210whp on the dyno. Not a huge difference but if power is everything you will get more from the 11-14 model, including a little quicker 0-60MPH. But none of these really matter unless you are a benchmarker and numbers mean everything.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:07 AM   #6
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The looks of either the '14 or '15 may matter to you. Although the '15 has an upgraded interior, you may prefer the exterior of the '14s.

While you may not like the look of the '15, test driving it may change your mind. Have dealers in your area given you an ETA on when to expect the new models to be on the showroom floor?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #7
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Zomg 2015 D00000000000d
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:11 AM   #8
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15 all the way dude, you won't regret.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:28 AM   #9
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Unless you're dead set on a hatch, the 6spd and exterior restyle alone are worth going with the 2015 if you ask me.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #10
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I have an '11 hatch, but my wife has a '14 FXT with the 2.0L twinscroll. The new motor is a better powerplant stock, and everyone is raving about the handling and driving dynamics on the new sedan. Definitely drive the '15. Power delivery is great low down... so much tq. Wish the '11-'14's came with a twinscroll. I love driving her Forester.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:07 AM   #11
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I think jumping into a '15 is a no brainer for someone who doesn't own a newer WRX but from 11-14 I don't see the reason. My car feels better personally although I did mod it to get there but for someone getting into a new WRX that either doesn't have one or has an older one I don't think there should even be a question about buying the previous generation from the lot unless you get a great deal.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:14 PM   #12
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I personally do not like the '15 one bit, and I'm not saying that bc i have a '13. The new ones just look too much like a base model impreza and like the evo too somehow. The only upside I see is the 6 speed and boost gauge that it comes with. Thats just my .02
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:35 PM   #13
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Coming from a 2011 WRX to a 2015 WRX was a great upgrade The things we had issues with regarding our 2011 (interior & no audio upgrade option) were both updated/added with the 2015.

We love the HK, the interior is updated and much nicer than the 2011-14. The power comes on quicker than it did in our 2011 and it still feels plenty fast though on paper it is "slower". Also, we are getting much better gas mileage driving around the city. This isn't something we really cared about but it's a nice bonus
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:49 PM   #14
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Definitely get the 15 unless you NEED a hatch and can get one at a lower price. I initially never considered a sedan and was looking for a 14 hatch, but ended up going for the 15 and very glad I did... the improvements are too extensive to list here, just check out any professional review.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:59 PM   #15
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As much as I love the 11-14's, from what I've been seeing the 15 WRX is much better. And even though the last gen WRX's have more power, I'm pretty sure the new FA power plant has a lot more potential than an EJ if you plan on modding (once aftermarket companies have had some time to work with the new engines).
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:02 PM   #16
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I was planning on getting a 14 walked in on the lot to purchase, although I did not like the looks of the 15 I saw it in person and I was blown away and impressed and got a ride.

I am now waiting for my new 2015 coming in june
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:12 PM   #17
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I personally do not like the '15 one bit, and I'm not saying that bc i have a '13. The new ones just look too much like a base model impreza and like the evo too somehow. The only upside I see is the 6 speed and boost gauge that it comes with. Thats just my .02

I was in the market for a new car and was deciding between a BRZ, '14 hatch, and a '15 WRX. I ended up with the '15 WRX.

The steering on the '15 is more responsive and the suspension is a bit tighter and not as loose as the '14. Also, the boost kicks in slightly quicker and there's a good amount of torque in the lower gears. Yes, the car is slightly slower at 0-60 due to the 6-speed manual transmission and the boxer rumble is gone do to EL headers, but I can get over that easily. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons with the new additions to the '15 model. I know most aren't fans of the new redesign, but the car lines are growing on me as each day passes.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:14 PM   #18
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Went from an 11 to a 15

The only reasons not to get a 15 over a 14 would be lack of a hatch(doesn't apply to you), you can't live without boxer rumble, instant mod availability, you don't trust a first model year car and you like the looks better.

I really don't miss anything about my 11.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:19 PM   #19
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YMMV, but I intentionally bought a 2014 early this year before they were discontinued because I specifically did not want a 2015. I had a 2005 WRX sedan which was modded. I now have a track vehicle so I have zero need to split performance hairs as this purchase would solely be one based on practical DD needs.

Admittedly, the #1 reason I bought the 2014 in haste was I absolutely hated the looks of the new model. While they have grown on me since then, I still am not a fan of the growing boxy, fat looking WRX. Again though, thats merely an opinion and quite differs from many others.

Second reason, hatch made more versatility for a DD.

Third, I did want to try out a 2.5L. I was always miffed I missed the 2.5L the 2006 got and I wanted the torque from the extra displacement. I will say now that I have it, it is nice, but the 2.5L doesn't like to rev like the 2.0L does. Not better or worse, just different.

Fourth, my wife has a 2007 Honda Fit, the first model year it was ever made and IT SUCKS! Everything feels like cheap junk and falls apart. I realize the 2015 is not a new model launch, well... I guess technically it is with the WRX, but you know what I mean, its an update of sorts, so it likely won't have those issues involved with a new factory production being setup with quality hurdles, etc. The new engine sort of worries me, though its getting great reviews. But new things have kinks which will inevitably need to be worked out. Given this car, for me, was to be a flawless DD, I didn't want that worry. (Inb4allEJenginesblowup).

Finally, I'm a bit leery that this will be the 2008 WRX all over again. The car would look much nicer with more exaggerated flares, widebody, whatever that the 2011 got. If so, when the 2018 or whatever comes out and looks like a sweet facelift, you might be kinda pissed.

Overall, I'm definitely happy with my purchase, but I think my situation is a bit different than most on here.

My $0.02.

P.S. I know WRX is not a practical DD car for fuel economy, maintenance costs, etc. But I love the car, this being my 4th Impreza/WRX/STI, I prefer stick with the WRX. No matter what year, they're fun cars.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #20
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Went from an 11 to a 15

The only reasons not to get a 15 over a 14 would be lack of a hatch(doesn't apply to you), you can't live without boxer rumble, instant mod availability, you don't trust a first model year car and you like the looks better.

I really don't miss anything about my 11.
Just read this. Add want 2.5L > 2.0L, though, as mentioned above, is not a better or worse thing, just different.

Also the tachometer is no longer in the middle of the gauge cluster.... That sucks. But 6spd makes up for that.

But for me 2 of the 4 above apply.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:31 PM   #21
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The only thing that isn't superior to old VS new, is the 11-14 WRX is quicker and came with more power. On paper they might have the same specs but the 11-14's were actually putting dam near identical power on the dyno's as the 11-14 STi. Charts I checked were putting the WRX around 230-240WHP stock. The '15 put down 210whp on the dyno. Not a huge difference but if power is everything you will get more from the 11-14 model, including a little quicker 0-60MPH. But none of these really matter unless you are a benchmarker and numbers mean everything.
Look at the dynos in the Proven section, the 2015's are making serious power stock.
Also my car "feels" so much faster off the line than my 2011, a lot faster.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:38 PM   #22
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the 2.0 feels like a larger engine than the 2.5 due to the power delivery

the 2.5 did breathe better up top seemingly, but that was a turbo size issue, not a displacement issue.

As far as splitting performance hairs goes, the handling is great but what really sold me on the 15 is the quality feel of it vs the 11. Much more solid, less creaky(granted new vs 3 years old but still on the GR you can hear every piece of the car creaking around when you hit a bump.) Its a much more planted and relaxing highway cruiser too, this car makes me want to maintain 80-90 all the time, the other car felt stable at those speeds but it didn't feel nearly as at home in giant speeding ticket territory.

The seats in the 15 are more supportive so probably less comfortable for people wider individuals.

really just test drive both and you will have your answer very quickly
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Look at the dynos in the Proven section, the 2015's are making serious power stock.
Also my car "feels" so much faster off the line than my 2011, a lot faster.
this

the fa20dit just wants to move as soon as you let the clutch out to the point where you almost have to be careful not to give it too much gas if you are just cruising around in traffic.
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Look at the dynos in the Proven section, the 2015's are making serious power stock.
Also my car "feels" so much faster off the line than my 2011, a lot faster.
My guess is that this is the torque that is more available lower in the rev range.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:05 PM   #25
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Everyone is going to tell you go with the 2015.
and they are right!

the 15 is a better machine on every way. which is all that counts. the looks are subjective. personally I never liked the frumpy outgoing car. the new one love it or hate it at least looks modern. no one in history who's main objective is a pretty car should have ever bought an impreza anyway
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