2003 Subaru Impreza Overview


Looking for a Used Impreza in your area?

CarGurus has 19,385 nationwide Impreza listings starting at $1,995.

Average user score
4.5 5 stars
Based on 12 reviews

2003 Subaru Impreza Overview

A true wolf in sheep's clothing, the Subaru Impreza hides a lot of power and pickup underneath its compact sedans and wagons. Yes, wagons. Probably no other family wagon has as much pickup and high performance as those offered in the 2003 Subaru Impreza lineup. There are two sedans (RS and WRX) and three wagons (WRX, TS, Outback) to choose from. All have full-time AWD, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, power features, and CD player. The WRX sedan and wagon, introduced last year, feature 4-wheel disc brakes, a sport suspension, bigger brakes, limited slip differential, hood scoop, rear spoiler, sport seats, Momo leather wheel and shifter, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter, 227-hp boxer H4 engine. The RS sedan and wagons come with the 2.5-liter, 165-hp H4. A 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic are the transmission choices.

New this year, the WRX sedan gets the standard rear spoiler already offered on the wagon. All wagons, except the WRX, now have keyless entry. Wagons are the most versatile, with split-folding rear seats and a folding front passenger seat. The WRX wagon lets you masquerade as a responsible family guy, but then shock other sports cars as you zip past them on the highway. The Outback Sport is more rugged, with splash guards, foglights, a stiffer suspension, and available tie-downs in the cargo area. Not to be outdone, the RS sedan is a speedster in its own right since the lack of a turbo engine reduces overall body weight. It's also a lot cheaper than the WRX, with many of the same sporting features.

Like no other compact in its class, due to the turbo performance and the full-time AWD, the 2003 Impreza is a big hit with those looking for a little fun in their commuter car. The AWD grip is flawless and the turbo power and pickup impressive, say drivers. Handling is tight. The wagons have plenty of storage room and lots of standard features for an affordable price. The sports suspension can feel rough on city roads, and rear legroom is cramped. Other complaints point out peeling paint, turbo lag, inadequate tire grip, and problems with a shaky clutch. Some WRX owners feel the styling inside and out is too boring for the nature of the car, and they would like a 6-speed manual transmission.


What's your take on the 2003 Subaru Impreza?

2003 Subaru Impreza Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2003 Subaru Impreza against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2003 Subaru Impreza vs:

    Have you driven a 2003 Subaru Impreza?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2003 Subaru ImprezaPeople researching a 2003 Subaru Impreza contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used Impreza in your area?

    CarGurus has 19,385 nationwide Impreza listings starting at $1,995.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Subaru Impreza Questions

    2003 Subaru Impreza Rs

    I just changed an entire headlight out and my car ran fine for one day and when I tried to leave Walmart my car just stopped running...... My headlights, the windows and the power locks now don't ...

    19 views with 8 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

    Will Front Bumper Of 2002 Subaru Impreza Station Wagon Fit 2003 Model?

    our 2003 subaru impreza hit a snow bank and damaged the front bumper cover. I am wondering if the front bumper off of a 2002 subaru impreza station wagon fit our car?

    24 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

    Rear Brake

    I have a 2003 Subaru Impreza and I was changing a lugbolt on the left rear tire and where the lugs go in right behind it it THIS cover type of thing and looks kinda like a sprocket it broke a littl...

    17 views with 4 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

    Best Gear Oil

    Impreza 2.5 RS manual shift sound is coarse, so I checked the gear oil (yellow dipstick on the left (if you open the hood perspective) or right side of car) and it was very low. So I won't drive it...

    142 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)

    Swapping Transmission From A '03 Legacy Onto A '03 Impreza Rs?

    Can I replacr the transmission from a 2003 Subaru Legacy onto a 2003 Suabru Impreza RS (manual), without any problems?

    17 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)