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2004 Subaru Impreza

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 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Subaru Impreza

  • From the TS Sport Wagon to the WRX, the all-wheel-drive Impreza is a practical, fun-to-drive alternative to the typically dull cars that populate this segment of the market.

  • Safety
  • Pros

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

  • Cons

    Often pricey when compared to its competition, tight rear quarters.

  • What's New for 2004

    For 2004, all Imprezas sport revised front and rear fascias -- gone are the oddball circular headlamps in favor of a more mainstream wedge-shaped design. In addition, all models get upgraded suspension struts (to improve ride quality and steering response), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, a collapsible pedal system, revised gauges and a new stereo faceplate. The WRX and Outback Sport receive projector beam foglights. Inside, WRX models have new sport seats, a central tachometer and darker gray faux metal accents. The TS wagon, Outback Sport and RS sedan add an in-glass antenna, active front head restraints, central power door lock switch and multireflector halogen headlights. Further, the TS now has four-wheel disc brakes. The RS sedan's keyless entry system now has an audible confirmation feature, and keyless entry is now standard on the TS. Finally, the WRX sedan is now available with a Premium Package that includes a sunroof, trunk spoiler, heated mirrors, heated front seats and a wiper de-icer.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Real car for the real

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

We purchased our 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Wagon after comparing many other cars using the following criteria in order:Price, safety,reliability,asthetics,handling and practicality.We found this car to beat all contenders easily and it handles superbly. Firm enough to take a hard turn with confidence and soft enough to soak up the small stuff. The non-turbo has 168 hp and is plenty for the weight of the car and not enough to get me into turbotrouble+low insurance! It gets great mileage for an AWD and runs smooth as silk. Built 100% in Japan. Runs like its on tracks and gives me TOTAL confidence after having to make 2 life saving evasive manuvers.




Excellen value

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This is the first Subaru that is not only practical and well built but fun to drive! The 2.5L engine is big enough to make the car reasonably quick but still cheap to run (26 MPG mixed driving). A WRX was tempting but with a HP to displacement ratio of about 2:1, that engine is not going to go the 200,000 miles that I plan to run this 2.5L! I am having a little problem with the San Remo red paint, it seems to chip quite easy. In fact, at six months, I'm going to need to paint my hood soon. Anyone else have this problem? jjbrady219@aol.com




Just what i wanted!

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I love the AWD. For a small car, it has enough energy to get on to a highway without difficulty.




Fine vehicle

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I have leased a 97 Imprezza for 3 years. I bought a 2000 Imprezza and drove it until I bought the current car. The only thing that has ever gone wrong was a burned out LED on the cruise control switch on the 2000. I lived with that with no problem. These are wonderful small cars getting an easy 32+ mpg on the highway. I will be moving on to a Forester because I am getting old and like the additional safety




Great awd vehicle

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This car handles very well in the snow.




No more suv!

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Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Absolute joy to drive! Plenty of power (any more and I'd be in trouble) and handles and drives so much better than my Explorer. Interior room was a concern, but so far I haven't missed it. I just returned from a 1500 mile roadtrip with mountains, interstates, and some snow, and the car handled it all better than anything I've ever driven. I considered the Forester, but I just liked the sportier feel (and lower price) of the OBS.



Full 2004 Subaru Impreza Review

What's New for 2004

For 2004, all Imprezas sport revised front and rear fascias -- gone are the oddball circular headlamps in favor of a more mainstream wedge-shaped design. In addition, all models get upgraded suspension struts (to improve ride quality and steering response), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, a collapsible pedal system, revised gauges and a new stereo faceplate. The WRX and Outback Sport receive projector beam foglights. Inside, WRX models have new sport seats, a central tachometer and darker gray faux metal accents. The TS wagon, Outback Sport and RS sedan add an in-glass antenna, active front head restraints, central power door lock switch and multireflector halogen headlights. Further, the TS now has four-wheel disc brakes. The RS sedan's keyless entry system now has an audible confirmation feature, and keyless entry is now standard on the TS. Finally, the WRX sedan is now available with a Premium Package that includes a sunroof, trunk spoiler, heated mirrors, heated front seats and a wiper de-icer.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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