The 2000 Subaru Impreza might be an economy vehicle, but it’s not a traditional one. Offered in three different body styles and both family-friendly and sport-oriented trims, the five-passenger Impreza is a chameleon among cars. As with other Subaru models, one of the biggest selling points is its standard all-wheel drive, which improves stability in all types of weather. For 2000, it can be equipped as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, or four-door wagon graced with Subaru’s popular Outback badge. Compared with other budget-minded cars, it's priced on the steep side.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Impreza L, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Subaru Impreza RS
The 2000 Subaru Impreza’s sport-geared RS trim, previously offered only on coupes, expands to include sedans. In addition, the RS trim gives more standard equipment including cruise control and a limited-slip rear differential. For the first time, all Impreza models are available with a 24-hour roadside assistance program.
The 2000 Subaru Impreza varies considerably in appearance depending on trim level. L coupes, sedans, and wagons feature the most traditional car design, though it comes with a sporty air dam. RS coupes and sedans offer an even more athletic appearance with foglights, ground effects, and air intakes. Like the Subaru Outback, which is where it gets its name, the Outback Sport is distinguishable by its wagon body style, two-tone paint, and roof rack.
The 2000 Subaru Impreza L gets additional standard exterior features including 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window defroster. Optional features also include foglights, alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. The Outback Sport gains a standard roof rack, rear window wiper, rear spoiler, splash guards, and special color scheme. The RS adds even more standard features, including a sunroof, limited-slip rear differential, a sport suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and sportier exterior details.
For an economy car, the 2000 Subaru Impreza boasts an interior that is surprisingly attractive and comfortable. Standard interior amenities on the L includes cloth seating, a center storage console, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, a tachometer, and an audio system with cassette player. Upgrading to the Outback Sport adds a standard split-folding rear bench seat and cruise control. The RS gains sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. All models can be updated with an optional keyless entry system and CD player.
The 2000 Subaru Impreza's sporty shape of the RS comes at the cost of some cabin space. Front occupants receive 38 inches of headroom, while front occupants in L models are given 39.2 inches. Regardless of trim level, drivers and front passengers receive 43.1 inches of legroom and 51.8 inches of hip room. Rear passengers in all models are given 36.7 inches of headroom, 32.5 inches of legroom, and 53 inches of hip room. With such limited rear leg space, entry and exit can be a challenge for average-sized adults, particularly in two-door coupes. In terms of cargo space, the Outback Sport offers the clear advantage. When rear seats are folded, cargo volume in the wagon is an impressive 62 cubic feet. In comparison, the coupes and sedans hold a paltry 11 cubic feet of cargo.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Subaru Impreza is best known for its athletic performance. The L and Outback Sport come equipped with a standard 2.2-liter inline-four generating an admirable 142 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. Sport-geared RS trims get a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumping out 165 horses and 166 lb-ft. All engines are paired to a standard five-speed manual transmission, though a four-speed automatic is available. Combined with a standard AWD, all versions are known for exceptional grip and precise handling, making the cars ideal for those who often travel in inclement weather or on uneven surfaces. When it comes to acceleration, the smaller engine provides adequate pep, but the 2.5-liter improves passing power considerably.
The 2000 Subaru Impreza includes such standard safety equipment as dual front airbags, side-impact door beams, and three-point rear outboard seat belts. Interestingly, anti-lock brakes are only offered on the Outback Sport and RS. Crash test data for the is not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza RS, manual: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza RS, automatic: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza L: 23/29 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza Outback Sport: N/A
- Standard AWD
- Versatile body styles
- Exciting to drive
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seat
- Steep price for segment
- No ABS on L trims
Practical and fun to drive though a bit pricey.
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