Subaru knows its market, which is why it’s not a huge surprise that the new 2024 Impreza is landing as a 5-door hatchback only. You’ll need to jump to the WRX if you want a sedan. But if you’re happy here in wagon-land, there are a bunch of nice upgrades for this latest-model-year Impreza.
Let’s take a look!
What Does the 2024 Subaru Impreza Look Like?
On the outside, it’s still instantly recognizable. The stars still align in the badge on the nose, but now the headlights feel a bit more sharply pulled back. They flow into the nicely pumped-up fenders and toward the rakish roofline.
It’s on the inside where we find most of the fresh appeal with this updated model. Subaru is no longer afraid of technology in its cabin space, so the Impreza can be had with an 11.6-inch center screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features. And the overall cabin refinement means you’ll find a quieter space out on the road.
There’s plenty of safety gear onboard too. Subaru fit the Impreza with its EyeSight driver-aid suite, so you have automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a rear seat reminder, and you can also add in automatic emergency steering and rear-cross traffic alert.
What Are the Performance Specs of the 2024 Subaru Impreza?
Power is basically the same as the outgoing model, though. On the Base and Sport trims, you’ll find a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque — nothing to get excited about. But you can get hyped about the return of the Impreza RS, which brings along more power with it. RS models stuff the 2.5-liter boxer under the hood, which brings output to 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. All models are backed up by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
But the Impreza chassis is 10% stiffer, which is good news for fans of better handling. Couple that with the RS badge on the back, the increased power, the sport-tuned suspension, and a simulated manual mode on Sport and RS trims, and you have something that could provide affordable fun. Still, it would be great to see a stick offered on the Impreza, but I imagine the take rate is too low these days.
Final Thoughts on the 2024 Subaru Impreza
As Sean Tucker points out over at Kelley Blue Book, the Impreza is nicely updated, but the rest of the competition is pretty darn good at the moment. You have the Honda Civic, which is excellent, and also the more dynamic styling of Hyundai anything. With the 2024 Impreza, Subaru bets on its upgraded interior, hatchback body style, and standard AWD to carve out sales in the segment.
Subaru is certainly offering a good machine. But if it could offer the customer more pickings with respect to options and power, it would be even better. There’s a manual gearbox available on the WRX; let’s bring that down to the Impreza as an option. And then let’s bring the hatchback body style up as an option on the WRX, right?
Either way, the return of the RS badge is fantastic to see, and I know that I’ll see a ton of these on the road anytime I’m back east visiting family. Subaru is pretty good about nailing the formula that the average 4-season consumer finds appealing.
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