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2004 Subaru Impreza

2004 Subaru Impreza

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Sedan
5 Seats
21 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Performance of WRX and WRX STi
  • Handling in WRX and WRX STi
  • AWD operation
  • Frontal-offset crash-test rating
  • Standard side-impact airbags

The Bad

  • Rear legroom
  • Overly exuberant styling of performance models

What to Know

about the 2004 Subaru Impreza
  • Restyled for 2004
  • Manual or automatic in regular Impreza and Impreza WRX
  • 300-hp engine in WRX STi

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2004 Subaru Impreza Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Subaru’s smallest model comes in sedan and wagon forms and includes high-performance WRX editions in each body style. The basic Impreza lineup consists of a 2.5 TS Sport Wagon and a 2.5 RS sedan.

All Impreza-based Subarus have been face-lifted for the 2004 model year. The restyling involves the hood, front fenders, headlights, grille, bumpers and taillights. All versions gain electronic brake-force distribution, an in-glass antenna and a safety brake-pedal system. The 2.5 RS now includes active front head restraints. The 2.5 TS gains four-wheel disc brakes and remote keyless entry. Each model uses a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that is borrowed from the company’s larger Legacy. All Imprezas have full-time all-wheel drive and an antilock braking system.
(Skip to details on the: Impreza WRX | Impreza WRX STi)

Exterior
Inspired by the Impreza World Rally Championship car, the 2.5 RS sedan features a blister-fender design and a bold front end with oval headlights. The Japanese automaker says the angled taillights and lowered trunk line “create the impression of a wing section.” The 2.5 RS is 173.4 inches long overall, stands 56.7 inches tall and rides a 99.4-inch wheelbase.

The 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, which has similar dimensions but measures 58.5 inches tall, substitutes prominent fender flares for the sedan’s blisters. Rear-quarter glass on the wagon overlaps the D-pillars, producing the appearance of wraparound back glass. The sedan versions ...

Vehicle Overview
Subaru’s smallest model comes in sedan and wagon forms and includes high-performance WRX editions in each body style. The basic Impreza lineup consists of a 2.5 TS Sport Wagon and a 2.5 RS sedan.

All Impreza-based Subarus have been face-lifted for the 2004 model year. The restyling involves the hood, front fenders, headlights, grille, bumpers and taillights. All versions gain electronic brake-force distribution, an in-glass antenna and a safety brake-pedal system. The 2.5 RS now includes active front head restraints. The 2.5 TS gains four-wheel disc brakes and remote keyless entry. Each model uses a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that is borrowed from the company’s larger Legacy. All Imprezas have full-time all-wheel drive and an antilock braking system.
(Skip to details on the: Impreza WRX | Impreza WRX STi)

Exterior
Inspired by the Impreza World Rally Championship car, the 2.5 RS sedan features a blister-fender design and a bold front end with oval headlights. The Japanese automaker says the angled taillights and lowered trunk line “create the impression of a wing section.” The 2.5 RS is 173.4 inches long overall, stands 56.7 inches tall and rides a 99.4-inch wheelbase.

The 2.5 TS Sport Wagon, which has similar dimensions but measures 58.5 inches tall, substitutes prominent fender flares for the sedan’s blisters. Rear-quarter glass on the wagon overlaps the D-pillars, producing the appearance of wraparound back glass. The sedan versions have 16-inch tires on alloy wheels, and the 2.5 TS Sport Wagon is equipped with 15-inch steel wheels.

Interior
All Imprezas seat five people. A ratchet-type height adjustment permits 2 inches of additional vertical movement for the driver. The 2.5 TS Sport Wagon has a 60/40-split rear seatback that folds flat. The 2.5 RS sedan includes remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and embroidered, carpeted floormats.

Under the Hood
Subaru’s 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine develops 165 horsepower and 166 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.

Subaru’s full-time all-wheel-drive system transfers power to the wheels that need it before any slippage occurs. The active system uses sensors to detect changes in weight transfer.

Safety
Antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard, but side-impact airbags are not offered. Three-point seat belts are installed for all five seating positions. The front seat belts have pretensioners and force limiters.

Related Model: Impreza WRX
With its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 227 hp and 217 pounds-feet of torque, Subaru claims the Impreza WRX can zip from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Sedans and Sport Wagons get a larger hood scoop and projector-beam fog lights for 2004, and the sedan models are available with a new Premium Package.

The Impreza WRX may be equipped with a standard five-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. WRX models with the automatic transmission feature Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) all-wheel drive.

Noticeable WRX touches include slightly bulged fenders, fog lights and round headlights above a massive square bumper. An aluminum hood contains a big air scoop that feeds cool air to the turbocharger’s intercooler. WRX models get a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch wheels are optional) and larger front brake discs. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. A tiny turbo boost gauge sits atop the steering column.

Looking the part of a hot automotive number, the Impreza WRX also performs in that vein. Acceleration in the regular WRX feels almost ferocious, especially when passing or merging and the transmission is in the “perfect” gear. Engine sounds and vibrations are noticeable but not bothersome.

The WRX’s taut suspension reacts appropriately by taming the bulk of bumps. Steering is quick and easy for snappy cornering, coupled with satisfying highway stability. Front headroom is huge, but elbowroom is more limited. Though the backseat is limited in legroom, the center position in this vehicle is more appealing than in most smaller cars. Big headrests impede over-the-shoulder views. Back to top

Related Model: Impreza WRX STi
Subaru is taking another bold performance step for 2004 by making the Impreza WRX even more potent. To a flurry of applause at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, Subaru announced the Impreza WRX STi. It will be equipped with an intercooled, turbocharged, 300-hp, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that develops 300 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It mates with a six-speed-manual gearbox. It’s been on sale since late May of 2003 and is the most powerful Subaru ever sold in North America.

STi (Subaru Tecnica International) is the Japanese automaker’s high-performance and motorsports subsidiary. Full-time all-wheel drive incorporates a Driver Control Center Differential. The WRX STi features high-intensity-discharge headlights and Brembo heavy-duty all-disc brakes. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(2.0)

Projects and money pits.

by Mike from Iowa on April 18, 2019

They're beautiful. Fun. Spacious and comfortable. They look good and and can turn heads. POS and junk though. Money pits for sure. A fun project. Would buy again Read full review

(5.0)

The best car I've ever driven

by swcwrx from New England on April 13, 2019

It does everything! An absolute blast to drive, plenty of power and excellent handling, all-weather capability and you can throw your bike in the back. It even works as a family car, when the kids are... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Subaru Impreza currently has 8 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impreza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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