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Sprightly performance has long been standard fare for this model, as have a supple ride and balanced handling. The rally-car-inspired WRX--available in sedan and wagon forms--brings a new level of driving enjoyment to the Impreza line. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter, 227-hp Four provides quick and effortless acceleration, especially at mid rpm, and its well-tuned suspension offers agile, enjoyable handling along with a compliant ride. The RS sedan, TS wagon, and SUV-influenced Outback Sport make do with a 2.5-liter, 165-hp engine, which is more than adequate. At a base price of under $18,000, the TS is the least expensive AWD model on the market. Wagon models have a good-sized space behind the rear seats, but maximum cargo volume with the seats folded is relatively small. Because of its raised ride height, the Outback Sport rides stiffly and doesn't handle as well as other Impreza models. Its tail also tended to slide out when we exceeded the car's limits in our emergency-avoidance maneuver. A score of Good in an IIHS offset-crash test is a significant plus.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 Subaru Impreza recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2002. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.

Road Test

The Impreza's well-engineered chassis provides a balance of ride and handling comparable to far costlier cars. With precise steering, a compliant ride and agile handling, it's fun to drive. It's also the least expensive all-wheel-drive sedan. Drawbac...

Highs

  • Acceleration, handling, all-wheel drive, offset crash test.

Lows

  • No folding rear seat.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (227 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (165 hp)