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Subaru Impreza

Fuji Heavy Industries introduced the Subaru Impreza in spring 1993. It replaced the Loyale that had an aging EA series engine. When it was launched, the Impreza was available as a five-door wagon, two-door coupe, or a sedan. The Impreza was priced lower, it was lighter in weight, and smaller in size than several other cars in its class.

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Subaru Impreza Origins

It was powered using a finely engineered four-cylinder 1.8-liter EJ series engine that produced 110 hp. Both the wagon and sedan variants of the car were available in the more upscale LS trim version, as well as the lower line L version and stripped out Brighton. A five-speed manual transmission system was part of standard equipment, while the four-speed automatic version was optional.

As the years went by, the Impreza incorporated several components from the Legacy to reduce manufacturing and development costs of the vehicle. In 1998, the car was offered as a four-door sedan, a coupe, a five-door wagon, and a more sporty 2.5 RS coupe version. The 2.5 RS coupe version boasted of a 2.5-liter double-overhead cam engine in 1998 and a single-overhead cam engine from 1999 until the generation's end in 2001. It offered a sportier ride, better acceleration due to its increased 165 horsepower (up from 140 horsepower in most models), and rally car styling inspired by the overseas Impreza WRX.

About the Subaru Impreza

The most notable feature of the Subaru Impreza is its distinctive powertrain. The vehicle has always been available as an all-wheel drive, becoming a standard feature in 1995. This feature lends extra traction in slippery conditions. In higher horsepower versions, it works in unison with the well-sorted chassis of the car to provide superior handling.

A four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine always powered the Subaru Impreza. The engine emits a characteristic and distinctive growl at the time of acceleration. The car is competitive in almost all sections. It is an excellent choice for those intending to buy a used or new small sedan, hatchback, or a wagon.

Subaru Impreza Features

The 2012 Subaru Impreza is a full redesign of the company’s four-door hatchback and its sedan. It comes with new interior and exterior styling. This redesigned version boasts of an increased interior space, and much-improved fuel economy, powered by its first all-new engine design, now called FB.

The new Impreza is available in five trim levels. These are the 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, 2.0i Sport Premium, and the 2.0i Sport Limited. The basic 2.0i has a new 2.0-liter engine that replaces 2011’s 2.5-liter engine.

The styling of 2012 version is quite mature. The car offers a new hexagonal grille. The wheelbase was increased by an inch; however, the overall exterior dimensions of the car are almost same as the older version. The A-pillars are anchored almost eight inches farther forward. This gives the windshield a faster angle. The side-mirrors are relocated to the doors.

The new four-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer engine has dual overhead camshafts that improve upon the earlier engine’s single cam used in the 2000s. Output of the engine is 148 horsepower with 145 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a decrease from the earlier engine’s 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, the 2012 version of the Subaru Impreza is lighter by 150 pounds. The company claims that the new and continuous variable automatic transmission can deliver efficiency and performance with equal momentum. The five-speed manual transmission is a standard feature in all versions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pegged the mileage estimates at 27/36 mpg city/highway. The assortment of available wheels range from the standard 15-inch steel rim to 16- and 17-inch alloy rims.

Subaru Impreza Evolution

The 2009 version of the Impreza was available in two versions: the compact sedan and the five-door hatchback. Five major trim levels were available: 2.5i, Outback Sport, 2.5 GT, WRX, and WRX STI. The basic model was available with air-conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, tilt steering, full power accessories, and an MP3/CD player. The Outback Sport version was of the hatchback style and came with 17-inch alloy wheels, two-tone exterior color, a chrome grille, heated seats, and outside mirrors. The 224 hp-turbocharged engines provided brute power necessary for high-performance driving.

The 2010 version of the car came with minor changes. There was a new and improved grille design, and a Special Edition variant was introduced for some models. The WRX version also went through an upgrade. The 2.5i variant came with the standard 16-inch steel wheels and full power accessories. Other updates included a tilted steering column, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, keyless entry, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player. In the government crash tests, the 2010 version notched a perfect five-star rating in frontal crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the highest possible "good" rating in its tests. The rating was the same for side-impact crash tests. Safety was always a scoring point for all Subaru vehicles. The Impreza underwent a full redesign for the 2012 model year.

Select a Subaru Impreza Year

2013 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


Subaru is well-known for making high-quality products people tend to hold onto, which is also the case with the 2013 Impreza.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,252

MPG
17-36
Seats
5

2012 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


Everything about the 2012 Impreza is new: 2.0-liter flat-4 cylinder engine, suspension, smaller fuel tank, but 30-percent increase in fuel mileage, electric power steering, CVT, driver's knee airbag, and tons of interior infotainment features.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,206

MPG
17-36
Seats
5

2011 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


The Subaru Impreza is a compact sedan introduced by Fuji Heavy Industries in 1993.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,072

MPG
17-27
Seats
5

2010 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,419

MPG
17-27
Seats
5

2009 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,967

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

2008 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


The 2008 Subaru Impreza is not the old rally-racing car its forefather was.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,126

MPG
17-27
Seats
5

2007 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


The 2007 Subaru Impreza certainly made quite an impression on the automotive world and car buyers.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,234

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2006 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


When it comes to finding a good, well-priced, small car for everyday driving, there’s a wealth of worthy options on the market today.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,757

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

2005 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon


The Subaru Impreza debuted in 1993 as five-door, five-passenger sedans and wagons with L and LS trims.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,633

MPG
23-30
Seats
5

2004 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Sedan, Wagon


The 2004 Subaru Impreza serves as the smallest model in Subaru's line of all-wheel-drive sedans and wagons.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,757

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2003 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Sedan, Wagon


The Subaru Impreza replaced the Loyale in 1993, and this all-weather sedan or wagon can be found at an affordable price.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,311

MPG
20-28
Seats
5

2002 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Sedan, Wagon


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,953

MPG
19-28
Seats
5

2001 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


A compact, all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle, the 2001 Subaru Impreza is available in a variety of body styles.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,371

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

2000 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The 2000 Subaru Impreza might be an economy vehicle, but it’s not a traditional one.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,117

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

1999 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The 1999 Subaru Impreza classifies as a compact car that the Japanese car company released in 1992 as a replacement for the Leone.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,692

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

1998 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The 1998 Subaru Impreza is a fun car with a wide range of trim levels available.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,492

MPG
22-30
Seats
5

1997 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The Subaru Impreza was originally designed to appeal to younger drivers and compete against old favorites like the Ford Escort and Toyota Corolla.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,167

MPG
22-30
Seats
5

1996 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The 1996 Subaru Impreza is a compact car manufactured by a division of Fuji Heavy Industries.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,867

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

1995 Subaru Impreza

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon


The 1995 Subaru Impreza is a compact car manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,346

MPG
22-31
Seats
5

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