2001 Subaru Impreza Overview


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2001 Subaru Impreza Overview

It doesn't have a turbo engine, but the 2001 Subaru Impreza features a large hood scoop and dual air dams. That's just a reminder to anyone else on the road that this compact car is fast. Introduced last year, the RS sedan and coupe versions of the 2001 Impreza hit 165-hp in a 2.5-liter H4 engine. The more sedate L sedan and coupe and Impreza wagons do the job with a 2.2-liter, 142-hp H4. A 5-speed manual tranny is standard and 4-speed auto optional.

The rally-inspired RS sedan and coupe feature a large rear spoiler and larger 16-inch tires, another signal of its racing pretensions. A sport suspension, sport seats, leather interior trim and new carbon-fiber interior accents add to the image. Also new this year is a standard CD player in the RS. Leather seats are optional. The base L comes with 15-inch tires, tilt steering, and power windows, locks, and mirrors, but everything else, including a CD player, is optional. The L wagon and Outback wagon provide more cargo room, with split-folding rear seats (not offered in the sedans and coupes) and a roof rack. The Outback wagon comes with splash guards and a stiffer suspension. Dual front airbags are standard across the line, but ABS brakes are only available with the RS models. The entire Impreza lineup is AWD, with a limited slip differential standard in the RS.

There were few changes to the 2001 Subaru Impreza, because an overhaul is scheduled for 2002, with even more power in the new WRX models and more standard features. Drivers of the 2001 Impreza love the handling and the way the superior AWD attacks snow and ice. The RS is very fun to drive, with immediate acceleration and 0-60 times of just over eight seconds. Overall, owners say the Impreza is reliable, and makes commuting fun. Though gas mileage is adequate for a compact, the sticker price can be expensive. With the weight of the AWD, drivers say more power is needed. Other drawbacks include the limited legroom, a clunky clutch, and a badly designed cupholder location.


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