• (4.3) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,251–$6,863
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 24-26
  • Engine: 165-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2001 Subaru Impreza

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Vehicle Overview
The Impreza is the smallest member of Subaru’s lineup and comes as a sedan, coupe and wagon — the latter of which is covered in the 2001 Station Wagon Buying Guide. The Impreza also is the basis for the Forester, a car-based sport utility vehicle.

Subaru makes only minor changes to the Impreza this year because a redesigned model is expected for the 2002 model year.

Both the sedan and coupe are 172 inches long — a few inches shorter than the Honda Civic. Both body styles come in L and sporty 2.5RS price levels, the latter are distinguished by a rear spoiler, larger fog lights, hood air intakes and standard 16-inch tires instead of 15-inch alloy wheels.

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 window defogger. The 2.5RS models have eye-catching white-faced gauges, sport seats with side bolsters and racy checkered-flag upholstery.

Under the Hood
All Subarus use engines with horizontally opposed cylinders — instead of inline or V configurations — also known as “flat” engines. The Impreza L coupe and sedan use a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with 142 horsepower. The 2.5RS models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 165 hp. Both engines team with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

A permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system that Subaru says distributes power “from wheels that slip to wheels that grip“ automatically is standard across the board.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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

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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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