The 2004 Subaru Impreza serves as the smallest model in Subaru's line of all-wheel-drive sedans and wagons. Compared to most compact cars, it features a lot under the hood, decent fuel economy, and 227 horsepower in the WRX models. Even though the Subaru Impreza does not make an ideal off-roading vehicle, the all-wheel-drive system provides much better terrain control than most cars its size. All-season capability in a compact car seems rare. It does not make the best choice for a family car due to the small back seats, but the back seat folds down to allow for additional storage in the wagon models.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, Subaru Impreza WRX, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Subaru Impreza 2.5TS, Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Subaru Impreza WRX Sport
In 2004, the Subaru revises the Impreza with new front and rear fasciae. Other revisions include revamped headlights, suspension struts for an improved ride and steering, a collapsible pedal system, and some cosmetic changes. The WRX and Outback sport projector-beam fog lights. The WRX also has sport seats and faux metal accents. The TS wagon, Outback Sport, and RS sedan include power door locks, multi-reflector halogen headlights, and an in-glass antenna. The 2.5TS features four-wheel disc brakes. The RS sedan and TS wagon feature keyless entry with audio confirmation. The 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX offers a premium package that includes a sunroof, a trunk spoiler, heated seats, and a windshield wiper defroster.
The 2.5RS features oval headlights, angled taillights, and a lowered trunk. The 2.5RS measures 173.4 inches long overall, stands 56.7 inches tall, and features a 99.4-inch wheelbase. The 2.5TS wagon remains similar in size, but it measures 58.5 inches tall. The rear-quarter glass on the wagon overlaps the D-pillars for the impression of a wraparound window.
The sedan versions sit on 16-inch tires on alloy wheels, and the 2.5TS sport wagon comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels.
The WRX features larger fenders, an air scoop to help cool the turbocharged engine, and a sport-tuned suspension.
All models of the 2004 Subaru Impreza provide seating for up to five people. This vehicle features bucket seats in the front and tight bench seats in the back. Due to the small size of the Impreza, the smallest of Subaru's lineup of all-wheel-drive cars, the back seat lacks legroom. A ratchet-type height-adjuster enhances the driver's seat, but this only allows two inches of vertical movement above the standard seat adjustments. The 2.5TS's back seat folds down for additional storage. The 2.5RS sedan also has a leather-wrapped and adjustable tilt steering wheel. The floor mats have carpet and embroidery.
Performance & Handling
The Impreza offers two-liter and 2.5-liter options that provide 165 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. Subaru provides a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic option. With the all-wheel-drive system, the 2004 Subaru Impreza travels well during all seasons of the year. Steering feels extremely smooth and the suspension absorbs jarring from most bumps on the road. Despite having all-wheel drive, the Impreza does not fare well offroad.
The WRX is specifically designed as a turbocharged edition of the Subaru Impreza, and it even features a turbo boost gauge.
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front side-mounted airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and an emergency interior trunk release improve safety on the 2004 Subaru Impreza.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives all models of the Subaru Impreza a ""good"" rating for front-offset crash tests. The Subaru Impreza earns high ratings with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well. With NHTSA ratings of five out of five stars for passenger safety and four out of five stars in every other category, the Impreza provides a very safe car.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Impreza 2.5RS: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza WRX: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza WRX STi: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza 2.5TS: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza Outback: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Impreza WRX Sport: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- All-wheel drive at no extra cost
- Available as a sedan or wagon
You Won't Like
- Lacks rear legroom
- Overdone style for performance models
- Price compared to competition
Variety, power, and reliability.
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