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Subaru Impreza Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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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.




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.




Love the subaru wrx

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

I bought this car few month ago with 89000 miles on it at the small dealer in Norco and drove it home with happiness. The car still run great and powerful that surprise me and i don't have any problem with it at all until now. I love Subaru and love how they build the car that can last forever.



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This car just doesn't quit

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

Bought my 2002 WRX from a college kid with 81k miles on it about 6 months ago. Car was quick, fun and clean as a whistle. I've seen these cars take more abuse than anything I would ever do to it and keep running. Put about a grand into the car and it out- performs its STI counterpart no problem. Keep up on regular checks and maintain your ride, can't beat the sound and feel of this car for ten grand. Get a quiet exhaust, up-pipe, downpipe and your mileage goes from 24-25 mpg to about 27.




Will buy another one!!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

I've driven this car in Michigan in all conditions and it won't quit. Had it packed to the ceiling with camping stuff, band equipment etc, it all fits! What a great car in the winter. I previously owned a Wrangler, and believe it or not, the Subaru is miles ahead in the winter. The only time I got stuck was when the plow covered it with 5 feet of snow. Mechanical problems: Replaced all brakes, a couple headlight bulbs, and wheel bearings in rear. This was a pain only because the shop did not know what the car was... do we order impreza or outback parts? I couldn't answer this for them. I believe the impreza parts worked, but not 100% on that. Overall great car, just wish I had a turbo!




Great car!

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

I purchased this car in 2003 with 20,000 miles already on it. I beat this car HARD all the way through college and it's still kicking. I've done all my own maintenance... it's never been to the dealer. I've had to replace the brakes (pads & rotors) at 68k, accessory belts at 70k, and a set of tires at 60k. I redline the car every time I drive it...it's fun, reliable, and great in the snow!



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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 25
  • highway
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