Used 2001 Subaru Impreza

2001 Subaru Impreza
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2001 Subaru Impreza


  • All-wheel drive, scrappy personality, bulletproof reliability record, fun to drive.


  • Tight rear seat, limited cargo space in wagon with backseat raised, could use more power, no ABS option for L models, a bit pricey.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Variety of body styles and AWD make the Impreza a nice alternative to other mainstream economy cars.

vehicle overview

The Impreza was originally built to battle the Ford Escorts, Toyota Corollas and Chevy Cavaliers that sold so well to young adults, but a zippy advertising campaign touting the underpowered Impreza as "What to Drive" alienated traditional Sube buyers and turned off the young adults it was supposed to attract. Sales of the Impreza were less than successful, and Subaru scrambled to find a solution.

Wonder of wonders, the company decided to reacquaint itself with its legendary all-wheel-drive system. Subaru emphasizes AWD in every ad, article and brochure you can lay your hands on. Ah yes, "The Beauty Of All-Wheel Drive." This AWD model is available in coupe, sedan, wagon, and Outback Sport format.

Two trim levels are offered with the coupe and sedan -- the base L model and the racy 2.5 RS. Inspired by Subaru's success in the World Rally Championship, the 2.5 RS combines the performance and handling of a race car with the comfort and convenience of a modern Japanese coupe. Additional factory options include a short throw shifter, a titanium shift knob, and a strut tower brace to reduce body flex in corners. Normally only available in the aftermarket, these trick options show that Subaru knows who its customers are and how they like to drive their cars.

For 2001, the Subaru Outback Sport wagon continues unchanged with its aggressive bi-level spoilers and body-colored side mirrors, door handles and side molding. Antilock brakes are standard. Features unique to this version of the Impreza include a heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension with 6.5 inches of ground clearance, 205/60 R15 M+S tires, splash guards, a two-tone paint scheme, and a rear bumper step pad. The wagon has a small cargo area when the rear seat is raised, partially due to the steeply raked rear window. Drop the seat, though, and there's 62 cubic feet. However, the Outback Sport's rear seat is cramped for taller occupants.

Like most Subarus, the wagon comes with a long list of standard features. Air conditioning, power windows, a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area, power side-view mirrors, a tilt steering column and a roof rack are all included in the base price.

Overall, we find much to like about the Impreza. We've driven the 2.5 RS, the L Coupe and the wagon, and thoroughly enjoyed them. All Imprezas behave like street-legal rally cars, and they're a hoot to toss around. Fling one into a corner, and it clings to the pavement. Imprezas are a blast to drive hard and fast, and the all-wheel-drive system performs brilliantly on a variety of road surfaces. Each Impreza model is available with an $800 automatic transmission but to take full advantage of the 2.2-liter, 142-horsepower boxer engine, (the 2.5 RS gets the bigger 165-horsepower 2.5-liter motor) we prefer the five-speed manual. Interiors are comfortable (though the side glass feels a bit too close) and steering and braking are communicative.

There is one thing that bothers us about the Impreza lineup, and that's the lack of an antilock brake option on the L model. To get ABS, you must order the 2.5 RS or the wagon. This doesn't make much sense coming from a company touting safety in its advertising.

The Impreza's impressive road manners and clean styling make it an interesting alternative for those looking for something distinctly un-Honda Civic-like. Its full-time all-wheel-drive system also makes it a shoe-in for those needing sure-footed winter transportation. Although we love the performance of the current 2.5RS, buyers might want to think twice about getting one now. A fully redesigned WRX version with a turbocharged engine debuts next year and it should be a real screamer.

2001 Highlights

RS models get carbon-fiber patterned interior trim, a CD player and embroidered floor mats.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Huan-Wen Chiu,04/27/2002
Sure footed in any kind of weather and over any road surface. With performance and versatility to spare in a sleeper wagon body.
I wish I could write a great review of the Three Subi’s I’ve owned however, per my experience I’m not able to. Subaru has major major major design, engineering, assembly, and supplier parts quality issues. Here is my experience. 1999 Outback about 40,000 miles head gaskets blow. Several thousand for a new engine (yea sometimes the heads and block will warp when the head gaskets blow) car totaled. 2001 about 500 miles head gaskets blow. Another engine about 40,000 miles spun bearing. Run only Mobil 1 every 3-5,000 miles oil change. Car totaled. 1997 outback 20 miles yep 20 miles head gaskets blow. All Three were the EJ25 4 cyl engine.
AWD 4-dr Sport Wagon
Kiyoshi Kim,07/31/2003
My first time purchasing Subaru and used vehicle. The decision was based on Clark Howard recommendation, who favors used car over new. Was originally thinking about WRX. Nice-looking exterior and sturdy machine to operate during rainy weather though it has not been tested in inclement condition due to persistently sunny days in Oregon!?
Legacy Wagon a very useful car
I bought a Legacy wagon as a snow car since I go to work on very twisty, hilly roads that are icy and frequently covered in more than 12 inches of snow. I never even noticed the snow or rain. The car also carried my Samoyed dog in the back with its dog gate. I could get large objects like doors with the door frame into the car completely inside the car. It always ran, started and it could fo 95 without any problems on the highway. It also had fantastic resale value. I paid 19.5 and after 3 years I received 13.5 with a slightly damaged bumper.
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Features & Specs

20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
142 hp @ 5600 rpm
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
142 hp @ 5600 rpm
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
142 hp @ 5600 rpm
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
142 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Used 2001 Subaru Impreza Overview

The Used 2001 Subaru Impreza is offered in the following submodels: Impreza Sedan, Impreza Coupe, Impreza Wagon, Impreza RS. Available styles include Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 RS AWD 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl 4A), Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 RS AWD 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M), L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A), L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A), L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M), L AWD 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A), L AWD 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M), and L AWD 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M).

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