The 1999 Subaru Impreza classifies as a compact car that the Japanese car company released in 1992 as a replacement for the Leone. It comes in sedan and hatchback variants, although it has also been offered as a coupe since 1995.
The Impreza remains most famous for its line of performance-enhanced models, called the WRX and WRX STI models. The car underwent an exterior redesign in 1997 and an interior redesign in 1998. From the interior redesign the Impreza gets a revised dashboard from the Forrester.
Body Styles: sedan, five-door hatchback, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter H-4, 2.5-liter H-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Impreza L, Subaru Impreza RS, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
The engines under the hood of the 1999 Subaru Impreza have undergone some revisions to improve their horsepower and torque outputs. The transmission also works with greater efficiency. The Outback Sport model in particular gets a revised grille, and all models have multi-reflector halogen headlights.
The 2.5 RS model of the 1999 Subaru Impreza gets a new front bumper, silver alloy wheels, white gauge faces, greater torque output, an upgraded shift knob, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 1999 Subaru Impreza also offers two new exterior colors.
The exterior of the 1999 Subaru Impreza has an endearing style, especially for the Outback Sport model. The functional cooling vents and the attractive front grille complement the front bumper of this particular model. The hood has a big hood scoop near the base of the windshield that drivers either hate or love.
The interior space of a 1999 Subaru Impreza compares to that of the Toyota Corolla, Geo Prizm, or Honda Civic, which means that the Impreza easily holds four occupants with comfort. This of course means that it offers ample legroom and headroom in the front and back seats.
However, legroom for the rear bench takes a big toll with the front seats pushed back, and tall drivers may feel a lot more comfortable if they push their seat back from the steering wheel and into the rear seating area.
The tall windows offer good visibility from all directions, but cargo space does not mark a strong suit for the 1999 Subaru Impreza. Even the station wagon offers less than average cargo space. Rear entry and exit proves a little problematic because of the narrow door bottom, which makes it difficult to open wide.
The dashboard contains well-placed gauges set in an intuitive and simple layout. The controls sit in a gauge cluster, making them easier to find and operate. However, the retractable cup holder tends to block the driver’s access to the stereo system.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Subaru Impreza comes with two engines options. The 2.2-liter, flat-four engine delivers 137 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The second engine, a 2.5-liter flat-four, delivers 165 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can pair with a manual or automatic transmission.
The 2.2-liter engine for the Impreza offers just enough acceleration with the automatic transmission and more acceleration with the manual transmission. The 2.5-liter engine, used in the RS model, marks the best engine option available for the 1999 Subaru Impreza, with plenty of accelerating and highway passing power to spare.
Both engines lack refinement, and they sound and feel rough, especially with the manual transmission. The car feels a little sluggish on startup, but the engine delivers enough power after a delay.
The 1999 Subaru Impreza includes a driver’s side airbag and anti-lock brakes as standard features. However, crash test results remain unavailable for this particular model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza 2.5-liter H-4 with automatic: 22/28 mpg city/highway
- All-wheel drive
- Lively performance
- Great reliability
- Lots of fun
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear bench
- Limited cargo capacity
A day of fun waiting to happen.
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