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Subaru Impreza 2004 wagon
Trim Shown: Wagon
One of the better small cars, the Impreza serves up a supple ride and well-balanced handling. The WRX's turbocharged 227-hp engine 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. The wagon's cargo volume is small. The Outback Sport rides stiffly and doesn't handle as well as other Imprezas. A score of Good in an IIHS offset-crash test is a plus. The ferociously quick 300-hp WRX STi model is a performance bargain.

See Reliability page for the latest 2004 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...


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


  • No folding rear seat.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (227 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (300 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (165 hp)