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2003 Subaru Impreza

  • 2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Wagon

    Outback Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $19,695
  • 2003 Subaru Impreza RS Sedan

    RS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $19,195
  • 2003 Subaru Impreza TS Wagon

    TS Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $17,695
  • 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan

    WRX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      227/217
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $24,690
  • 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

    WRX Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      227/217
    • ENGINE
      2.0L H4
    • MSRP
      $23,795
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2003 Subaru Impreza Review

Enjoyable alternative to mainstream cars and the turbo makes it a blast to drive.

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Overview

The Subaru Impreza replaced the Loyale in 1993, and this all-weather sedan or wagon can be found at an affordable price. It was redesigned in 2002, and the WRX version has been a big success due to its sportiness and affordability for its size.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual standard, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Impreza TS, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Subaru Impreza WRX, Subaru Impreza RS, Subaru Impreza WTX

What's New

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned in 2002, so there are not many changes in 2003. Keyless entry now is standard equipment on the 2.5 RS, TS Sport wagon, and Outback Sport wagon. Dual visor vanity mirrors and a uniform child safety seat anchor seat system have been added. The WRX offers a standard rear spoiler on the sedan, but consumers can opt out. Sonic Yellow now is available as a WRX color.

Exterior

The 2003 Subaru Legacy offers five exterior colors: aspen white, blue ridge pearl, midnight black pearl, savanna green metallic, and Sedona red pearl. The standard tires and wheels package includes 15-inch steel wheels, a steel spare wheel, P195/60R H tires, all-season tires, full wheel covers, and a temporary spare tire. The larger version offers fog lights, floor mats, and cargo power point and tie-downs. Variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, and a roof rack are additional exterior standard features. The width measures at 66.7 inches, height is 58.5 inches, length is 173.4 inches, and ground clearance is 5.9 inches. Front track measures in at 57.7 inches, rear track are 57.3 inches, and wheel base is 99.4 inches. Cargo capacity with all seats in place is a roomy 27.9 cubic feet with maximum cargo capacity at 61.6 cubic feet.

Interior

The 2003 Subaru Impreza offers gray as the only interior color option. Standard bucket seat covering is cloth. Both the sedan and wagon seat five passengers. Front head room measures at 39.7 inches, front hip room is 53.3 inches, front leg room is 42.9 inches, and front shoulder room is 52.7 inches. There is a height adjustable driver’s seat, and the rear seatbacks are split folding.

The 2003 Subaru Legacy offers standard power features such as power door locks, power mirrors, and one-touch power windows. Cruise control, front console with storage, front cup holders, front door pockets, power steering, a 12-volt front power outlet, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel add to the convenience of this vehicle. Interior comforts are minimal with air-conditioning and dual vanity mirrors. A clock, tachometer, and low fuel level warning are the typical interior instrumentation devices. Four total speakers, 80 watts of stereo output, and an AM/FM in-dash single CD player stereo are the standard in-car entertainment features. The 2.5 RS sedan also features a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Subaru Legacy comes with standard all-wheel drive, viscous center differential, five-speed manual transmission, and center limited slip differential. The suspension package comes with a modified MacPherson strut front suspension, MacPherson strut rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. The WRX takes fewer than six seconds to make it from zero to 60 mph.

Safety

The 2003 Subaru Legacy offers safety and security base features that include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, a remote anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, auto delay off headlamps, two front headrests, three rear headrests, a rear center three-point belt, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, front height adjustable headrests, and rear height adjustable headrests. Side airbags are standard on the WRX, and the sedan has a self-illuminating internal child safety trunk release. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave a ""good"" rating for front offset crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Impreza:19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • 227 horsepower in the WRX
  • All-wheel drive
  • Several models available

You Won't Like

  • Expensive compared to competition
  • Side-impact airbags no offered

Sum Up

Enjoyable alternative to mainstream cars and the turbo makes it a blast to drive.

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