The 1998 Subaru Impreza is a fun car with a wide range of trim levels available. The styling is offbeat and quirky and makes this a great choice for consumers who want something a little different.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon, coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Impreza L (sedan), Subaru Impreza L (wagon), Subaru Impreza Outback Sport (wagon), Subaru Impreza L (coupe), Subaru Impreza RS (coupe)
The 1998 Subaru Impreza is outfitted with a new dashboard and redesigned door panels. Also, the Subaru RS coupe is added to the Impreza family in 1998.
The 1998 Subaru Impreza offers unusual styling and plenty of personality. Air dams come standard on the L sedan and Outback Sport, and rear spoilers are included in the L coupe and RS versions, and optional on the L sedan. Alloy wheels are available as an option at all trim levels. All Impreza versions have 15-inch wheels except for the RS, which steps up to 16-inch wheels. A roof rack is standard on the Subaru Outback Sport, and optional on the L wagon.
The interior of the 1998 Subaru Impreza is surprisingly roomy for a compact car. All trim levels are well equipped with a center console, rear window defroster, tilt steering wheel, power windows, and doors and an AM/FM/Cassette radio. Air-conditioning keeps driver and passengers comfortable. An upgraded audio system with CD player is available as an option as is keyless entry and cruise control. All levels offer bucket seats with cloth upholstery, except for the Outback, which has leather seating. The wagon models have a small cargo area when the rear seat is raised, but when laid flat there is 62 feet of cargo space. The rear seating is somewhat cramped.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Subaru Impreza features an all-wheel drive and is fun to drive in any weather conditions. It's likened to street-legal rally cars and for good reason. It can take a mean corner, and the driver will definitely take notice. Steering and braking are responsive. It features Subaru’s boxer engine, a design that sets the engine inline with the car’s transmission. The result is a lower center of gravity as compared with the offset engines found in most other vehicles. Vibrations during operation are minimized because the engine is balanced; pistons are counterbalanced by its position opposite each other.
The 1998 Subaru Impreza features driver and passenger front airbags as standard offerings. In addition, all levels have intermittent windshield wipers. Anti-lock brakes are available as an option on most levels and are included as standard features in the Subaru Outback and Subaru RS. Fog lights are also available as an option and are included with the Outback and RS. The 1998 Subaru Impreza was not evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There is no information on this vehicle available through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza, 2.2-liter four-speed: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza, 2.2-lier five-speed: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza, 2.5-liter four-speed: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza, 2.5-liter five-speed: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- All-wheel drive standard
- Good looks
- Fun to drive
You Won't Like
- No anti-lock brakes options except for the Outback Sport or RS
Driving fun on a budget.
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