A compact, all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle, the 2001 Subaru Impreza is available in a variety of body styles. It’s also available in two trim levels: the base model L, and the sport-minded 2.5 RS.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder; 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic w/OD, five-speed manual w/OD
Models: Subaru Impreza L, Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS
The Subaru Impreza RS was upgraded in 2001 with carbon-fiber interior trim, a CD player, and new embroidered floor mats.
Sedan and coupe versions of the 2001 Impreza are both 172 inches long. Both the coupe and the sedan are available in the base L and sporty 2.5 RS trim levels. The 2.5 RS comes with a rear spoiler, over-sized foglights, air intakes on the hood, and 16-inch tires. The L model is equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels. All models include a rear de-fogger and intermittent wipers.
Standard exterior features for the base L model include 15-inch steel wheels and all-season tires. The Outback Sport wagon model boasts aggressive looking bi-level spoilers, antilock brakes, and body-colored side mirrors and molding. It also features a heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension, splashguards, two-tone paint, a rear bumper step pad, and 6.5 inches of ground clearance.
While Subaru claims that the Impreza offers seating for five, the cramped back seat can barely accommodate two occupants. The Outback Sport is also small for a wagon, but includes a small cargo area that can be increased in size to 62 cubic feet when the rear seat is dropped.
Standard interior features for the base L model include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning, power door locks, power mirrors, and an 80-watt, four-speaker stereo with AM/FM radio. The Impreza wagon includes air conditioning, power windows, power side-view mirrors, tilt-steering wheel, and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area. Additional interior features for the sporty 2.5 RS models include white-faced gauges, sport seats with side bolsters, and checkered-flag upholstery.
Performance & Handling
Drivability is one of the 2001 Impreza’s best features. Subaru’s AWD system helps to hold the pavement around turns, and both the 2.2-liter and the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines provide adequate if not substantial power. While there is an automatic transmission option, reviews indicate that the Impreza is more fun to drive when it’s equipped with the five-speed manual. Both the steering and the brakes are communicative.
The sporty 2.5 RS model augments the comfort and convenience of the standard Impreza with racecar-like performance and handling. The 2001 Subaru Impreza’s full-time, AWD system makes it more sure-footed than competing models, especially on rough roads or in bad weather. Unfortunately, the L model is not available with antilock brakes.
Standard safety features for the L Coupe version of the 2001 Impreza include ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, two front headrests, rear center lap belts, and electronic brake force distribution. The 2.5 RS comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Crash tests scores are not available for any version of the 2001 Impreza.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Capable AWD system
- Excellent record for reliability
- Fun car to drive
You Won't Like
- Rear seat is cramped
- Cargo space in wagon version is limited
- ABS not available for L model
- Price tag could be lower
The 2001 Subaru Impreza is an AWD economy car that’s available in a variety of body styles.
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