2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Subaru Impreza - Road Test Specs

2002 Subaru Impreza Wagon

(2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)


Model year2002
StyleOutback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$19,220
As-tested MSRP$20,345


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeflat 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)165 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)166 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontFully independent, with coil springs and struts
Suspension, rearFully independent, with coil springs and struts
Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE92
Tire size, front205/55R16
Tire size, rear205/55R16
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph (sec.)10.3
0-75 mph (sec.)16.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.7 @ 76.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)33.5
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)79

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAfter having driven and fallen into total lust with the WRX version of the Impreza, I didn't know what to expect from the Outback Sport. Since it lacks the horsepower of its sibling, we expected less, and in that respect, the Subaru didn't disappoint. We just didn't expect it to be that much less. Our best run to the quarter-mile mark was a rather lazy 17.7 at 76.8 miles per hour. We got that time on our very first run and never improved on that time. Automatic shfting took place from first to second at the 6,200 pm redline and from second to third at 6,000 rpm. We took a sixth run to try and duplicate the street start and automatic shifting of the first run to see if the engine was getting heat soaked. What we found was that we could not get close to the time we had gotten on the first run, and that quite possibly the engine didn't work as well when it got hot.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsOur braking runs were neither good nor bad. We generated the best 60 to 0 distance on the second run and the best 30 to 0 distance on the third run, showing that unlike the engine, the brakes worked better with a little heat. We experienced a fair amount of nose dive, but given the raised Outback Sport suspension, it was not bothersome. Stability was good with little movement in the lane while braking. ABS system noise was noticeable but not excessive. Overall a nice system for its front disc/rear drum setup.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsAs mentioned in the braking section, the Outback Sport comes equipped with a heavy-duty raised suspension, so it sits higher than the Impreza TS Sport Wagon or WRX versions. That raised suspension also allows more body roll and slower reactions to steering input. The longer suspension travel translates into slower times through the cones. This vehicle seemed to have grip that disappeared rather quickly, causing us to surmise that the tires were the root cause. One minute grip was there and then suddenly grip was gone, and then the tail would start to move. Not uncontrollable, mind you, just noticeable. A tight line through the cones was the best course of action. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)78
Wind (mph, direction)1-5 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 22/27 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)20
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3105
Length (in.)173.4
Width (in.)67.3
Height (in.)60.2
Wheelbase (in.)99.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.9
Legroom, rear (in.)33.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)37.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)27.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)62


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontGood
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceGood

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