2002 Subaru Impreza 2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - It's not just for kids!
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2002 Subaru Impreza Wagon - Consumer Review

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

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Having owned Imprezas since 1996, I was expecting a faster, but no more refined, car in the WRX. Surprise! The WRX is much smoother and quieter than its less sporty predecessors. At first the controls felt too light, and the seat felt too hard, but after a long drive I feel quite fresh. The turbo lag is not very noticeable except at high altitude with the AC running. Then you need to coordinate clutch and throttle with finesse. Reports of lousy mileage are due to test drive behavior; I'm averaging 23- 26, and I drive fast but efficiently. Coolest experience? Going up to Donner Pass (7,200 feet) at half throttle in fifth gear at 70-80mph.

Favorite Features

Refinement: Quiet, smoothness, light controls, comfortable seats. Power: Turbo lag is not too bad. Handling: It will do whatever you want, within reason.

Suggested Improvements

Styling could be smoother. Choice of interior colors in cloth.
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