• (4.3) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,195–$6,195
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 24-26
  • Engine: 165-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2000 Subaru Impreza

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Vehicle Overview
Subaru, the car company that is all-wheel drive all the time, adds a sporty 2.5RS sedan as a companion to a similar coupe. The Impreza is the junior member of Subaru's car team, smaller and less expensive than the Legacy. In addition to the sedan and coupe, Impreza also comes as a station wagon. The Impreza also serves as the basis for Subaru's Forester sport utility vehicle. Impreza's current design is expected to last through the 2001 model year. Subaru joins most other manufacturers in providing 24-hour roadside assistance the first three years of ownership.

Subaru says the subcompact Impreza seats five, but given its 99-inch wheelbase and 67-inch width, the three in back better be thin and short. The trunk holds a modest 11 cubic feet of cargo, and the rear seatback doesn't fold for additional space on the coupe or sedan. All models are fully equipped, including air conditioning, a cassette player, power windows and locks and a rear defogger. The 2.5RS have eye-catching white-faced gauges, sport seats with side bolsters and racy checkered-flag upholstery.

The 2.5RS models are easy to tell from the L coupe and sedan because of their larger tires (16-inch instead of 15), alloy wheels, rear spoiler, larger fog lights and hood air intakes.

Under the Hood
All Subarus use engines with horizontally opposed cylinders (instead of in a line or V-configuration), also known as "flat" engines. The Impreza L coupe and sedan use a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 142 horsepower. The 2.5RS models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 165 horsepower. Both engines team with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system that distributes power "from wheels that slip to wheels that grip automatically" is standard across the board.

While more than a dozen other manufacturers duke it out with front wheel-drive small cars that are variations on the same theme, Subaru claims a unique marketing position with its sporty, AWD Impreza. Neither rain nor snow is likely to stop an Impreza.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews


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Best vehicle ever driven I snow.

by Stacey71 from Saratoga,NY on August 20, 2017

I loved it,great in snow,gas mileage, reliability, and overall one of the best cars I've ever owned.

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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