2002 Subaru Impreza Review | Edmunds.com

2002 Subaru Impreza

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Subaru Impreza Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Subaru Impreza

  • From the Sport Wagon to the WRX, the all-wheel-drive Impreza is an affordable and enjoyable alternative to more mainstream cars.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    A stout 227 horsepower in the WRX, all-wheel drive, a variety of sedans and wagons to choose from.

  • Cons

    No more coupe, extroverted styling may be too much for some.

  • What's New for 2002

    Subaru completely redesigns the Impreza and brings a high-performance turbocharged WRX variant into the fold to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to drive a powerful, all-wheel-drive sport sedan without breaking the bank. All Imprezas benefit from improvements in performance, refinement and safety. Along with the Impreza's trip upmarket come revised trim levels consisting of two sedans (WRX and 2.5 RS) and three wagons (WRX, Outback Sport and 2.5 TS Sport Wagon). The coupe body style has been dropped.

Full 2002 Subaru Impreza Review

What's New for 2002

Subaru completely redesigns the Impreza and brings a high-performance turbocharged WRX variant into the fold to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to drive a powerful, all-wheel-drive sport sedan without breaking the bank. All Imprezas benefit from improvements in performance, refinement and safety. Along with the Impreza's trip upmarket come revised trim levels consisting of two sedans (WRX and 2.5 RS) and three wagons (WRX, Outback Sport and 2.5 TS Sport Wagon). The coupe body style has been dropped.

Introduction

Subaru has always marched to the beat of a different drummer, and rather than try to compete directly with the small sedans from Honda and Toyota, Subaru goes its own way by offering a few things those mainstreamers don't: big power, all-wheel-drive and a wagon body style.

The Impreza has been redesigned for 2002 and is available in five trim levels: 2.5 RS sedan, WRX sedan, 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, Outback Sport wagon and WRX Sport Wagon. Powering these Imprezas are a 2.5-liter, 165-horsepower, horizontally-opposed (or "Boxer") four-cylinder engine for the RS, TS, and Outback models, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer kicking out an impressive 227 horsepower for the rally racing-inspired WRX. The Boxer engine layout allows for a lower center of gravity, which contributes to better handling. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

All Imprezas have fully independent suspension and antilock brakes. The high-performance WRX and 2.5 RS versions get four-wheel disc brakes with the 2.5 TS and Outback models having a more conventional front disc and rear drum arrangement.

Subaru claims that safety, handling and ride qualities have all been improved via its Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure and overall increased structural rigidity. The former promotes greater protection in a collision (be it frontal offset, side or rear) while the latter enhances the Impreza's handling and ride.

Standard equipment levels are generous. The 2.5 TS has air conditioning, height-adjustable driver seat, power windows/locks/mirrors and an 80-watt stereo with CD deck. The Outback Sport adds bigger (16-inch) wheels, two-tone paint scheme, massive fog lights, floor mats and cargo area enhancements that include a power point and hidden storage compartment. The RS features a sport-tuned suspension with a wider front track, four-wheel disc brakes, high-performance tires on its 16-inch alloys, sport seats and leather wrapping for the steering wheel, gear shifter and handbrake handle.

Enthusiasts who want something they can really sink their feet into should look at the WRX. The all-out Subie has the performance hardware mentioned earlier as well as a functional hood scoop, limited-slip rear differential, dual-outlet exhaust and the option of 17-inch wheels. Inside the cockpit are alloy pedals, front side airbags, 6-disc CD changer, sport seats and a Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel. High power and relatively low weight allow this rocket to blast from zero to 60 mph in just over six seconds. And the all-wheel drive means that those who live in less than perfect climates can enjoy this performance car all year round.

Offering a generous helping of standard safety, performance and luxury features, the Impreza lineup strikes us as a nice alternative to run-of-the-mill small cars.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 head gaskets at 20k

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

At 2 yrs old developed small oil drops leaks 20k miles. At 3yrs started to drip coolant on driveway and oil drops. Dealer would not cover this fix because Subaru claimed only the Forester has bad gaskets but they asked me for my VIN any way. They gave me a bottle of head gasket sealer for 2$ and told me they were going to charge me $3500 for new gasket replacement. The very fact that the dealer even stocked(sealant) and basically gave it to me indicated that they have a widespread problem. It did not work. Used Bars Stop Leak instead. 2014 75k add coolant twice a week and code (Knock) triggered prob due to worn bearings from water in oil.




3rd subaru - wagon>truck

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

This is my third Subaru. Previous was an 04 Sti and 98 2.5 rs. This car is very reliable even at 200K plus miles. I have replaced the 02 sensor once. The slide pins for the front calipers stuck, so those got replaced. Both pretty common. The valve in the AC had to be replaced, a bit of a pain to get to, but not a huge issue ($30 part). The interior is that of any Subaru. If you are coming from a luxury vehicle, you might not like it. Always seems to be cheaply made, but I've never had any issues. Would recommend to anyone needing an overall reliable car. Any Subaru really.




Very good car for the

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

My son bought it used with 170,000 km in 2007 and I got it from him with about 210,000 km. This month it turned 300,000 km. Engine and transmission all original but have small oil leak, probably from valve cover gasket. Had trouble with A/C compressor - replaced this summer (after 11 years of service). Had to overhaul front end - ball joints, tie rod ends, again after 11 years. Shock absorbers started leaking last year - I think 10 years is as good as it gets for driving through Canadian winters. And so apart from some rust (se reference to Canadian winters above), the vehicle looks and driving qualities are the same when we got it, and I even suspect it drives like new.




Super wrx wagon

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I bought my Blue WRX wagon because I liked the way it performed in the WRC rallys. The car was my favorite and was a stout performer. I'd still have it if it wasn't for the super stiff clutch wearing my left knee out. Replaced it with a 2005 RS wagon



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Reliable

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I bought my wrx in July of 2004 while I was attending community college in Pennsylvania. I chose the wrx because of the power and the awd. I chose the wagon because it cut my insurance in half (I was a 19 year old male buying a turbo charged car). I have driven the car as a daily driver ever since. I later attended Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana which lead to some 500 mile trips back and forth to Pennsylvaina. I now have close to 140,000 miles on the car. Aside from tires and brakes, I have replaced the clutch at 900$ including labor and almost all of the ac components at 1400$ including labor. 7 years and 140,000 miles with ony 2300$ in repairs is pretty good in my book.




Best car i've had

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I bought my 2002 WRX brand new and, at 126K, it's still going strong until recently. I had to get the radiator replaced ($600) and new brakes a few months ago, but I figured I was coming due with something. Hopefully, nothing in the near future. Fun to drive car. I had blacker leather and heated seats put in as I hated the tight weave they had so it was impossible to get the dog hair out! Car handles great in the snow. A great practical car.



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subaruval
subaruval
12-13-2006
Did anyone have to replace the head gaskett in their subaru impreza RS? I have a 2002 and I just had to replace it....


sbgoree
sbgoree
05-18-2013
I'm a brand new driver. I bought a 2002 Impreza 2.5TS Manual. Got in an accident two days later, and the damage was enough to total the car even tho it was drivable. I bought it through a private sale...


stackman1
stackman1
11-19-2010
Hi guys and gals. I bought my 2002 OBS brand new in August of 2001. It only has 87,000 miles on it. Ever since I have owned it the engine has been loud. My mechanic told me to take it in before m?...



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