2002 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Good, but needs improvements

2002 Subaru Impreza Wagon - Consumer Review

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Good, but needs improvements
By clarkma5 on


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


This is a fun car...but it's hard to
call it a real performance car. The
suspension is too soft, the tires are
too skimpy, and the shifter is too
balky. For performance driving, the
engine's great, but around town it's a
bugaboo...with only 2.0 liters of
displacement and a low 8:1 compression
ratio, this engine is gutless until the
turbo kicks in around 3k RPM. The
interior is pretty mediocre, with lots
of hard plastic, but build quality's
good and there are no major ergonomic
flaws. Stereo's bad, though...too
heavy on bass and all the sound gets
squished together. Hard to tell
instruments apart!

Still a good performance value for the
money, though.

Best Features

Smooth, rev-happy engine, AWD grip

Worst Features

Better (aka smoother) shifter, standard 17-inch wheels, low-end torque, better stereo, bigger back seat, stiffer suspension
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