The 2002 Subaru Impreza demonstrates the company's decision to march to the beat of its own drum, rather than try to compete directly with other carmakers and their small sedans. With the Impreza, Subaru offers something the others don't: all-wheel drive, a wagon body style, and power, offering it all in five different trim levels. The Impreza sells as a 2.5 RS sedan, WRX sedan, 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, Outback Sport wagon, and WRX Sport Wagon.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS sedan, Subaru Impreza WRX sedan, Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon, Subaru Impreza WRX Sport wagon
The 2002 Subaru Impreza gets completely redesigned and now offers a high-performance, turbocharged WRX variation to driving-enthusiasts who want a powerful, all-wheel-drive sport sedan at an affordable price. All models offer great performance, refinement, and safety. The coupe body style has been discontinued; the revised trim levels include two sedans and three wagons.
The 2002 Impreza 2.5 RS sedan draws inspiration from the Impreza World Rally Championship car and features a blister-fender design and a daring front end with oval headlights and a grille in a trapezoid-like shape. The angled taillights and a lowered trunk line create the impression of a wing section according to Subaru.
Prominent fender flares replace the 2002 Subaru Impreza’s fender blisters on the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon. The appearance of wraparound back glass comes from the rear-quarter glass on the wagon overlapping the D-pillars. The sedan also has a wider front track than the wagon. Sedans ride on 16-inch alloy wheels and the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon gets 15-inch steel wheels.
The 2002 Subaru Impreza features air-conditioning, power locks, power windows, and an 80-watt stereo with a CD player as standard equipment. The 2.5 RS comes outfitted with cruise control and the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon gets embroidered floor mats as an option.
The Impreza seats five. The driver's seat has a ratchet-type height adjustment that provides two inches of vertical adjustment (the same amount of adjustment in the steering column). The 2.5 TS Sport Wagon's 60/40-split rear seat extends the cargo area when folded flat. The front-passenger seat also folds flat with the passenger head-restraint removed.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Subaru Impreza features the same all-wheel drive as every other Subaru model, delivering full grip on all types of surfaces. When outfitted with the automatic transmission, the 2.5 RS and TS get active all-wheel drive that uses several input sensors to transfer power before slippage occurs in the wheels.
The Impreza comes equipped with the 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine borrowed from the larger Legacy and Forester. Giving a significant boost over the previous L series, the engine gives 165 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed manual transmission comes standard while the four-speed automatic remains optional.
Anti-lock brakes provide standard equipment on all 2002 Subaru Imprezas. Dual front airbags and daytime running lights add to the list of standards. All five seating positions have three-point seat belts, and the front belts have pretensioners and force limiters. The sedan has a self-illuminating internal child-safety trunk release.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza TS wagon: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza WRX wagon: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza RS sedan: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza WRX sedan: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- All-wheel drive
- Variety of trims
You Won't Like
- Styling won't appeal to everyone
- Coupe eliminated
An affordable, fun-to-drive, all-wheel drive vehicle that stands out from the typical car.
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