Since its introduction to the U.S. market 30 years ago, the Subaru Impreza has been a popular compact car for performance-seeking shoppers (the Impreza-based WRX) and shoppers looking for a vehicle suitable for driving in bad weather. Thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, the Impreza has made a big impact on this latter buying demographic. Now there’s a redesigned 2024 Impreza that Subaru hopes will pique your interest.
This new generation Impreza doesn’t look radically different from its predecessor from 2017 to 2023, but it does offer some key improvements. The underlying body structure is 10% stiffer than the outgoing model. Subaru says this results in a smoother ride and more precise handling. Also added is his larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which should go a long way in improving the Impreza’s drivability. Other changes to the 2024 Impreza include a hatchback-only lineup (the sedan is no longer offered) and a revised trim level structure that abandons Premium and Limited trim and introduces the RS as the top model. included.
More power for the 2024 Impreza
Lifting the hood of the new Impreza reveals one of two possible engines. Base and Sport trims sit beneath the new top-of-the-line RS, with his 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It’s similar in power to the Honda Civic Hatchback’s base engine, but less powerful than the Civic’s turbocharged upgrade engine or the 186-horsepower engine found in the Mazda 3 Hatchback. Thankfully RS trim should make everything equal. It has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine he upgrades that Subaru offers in his Crosstrek small SUV. Based on his time on Crosstrek, he wholeheartedly recommends the 2.5-liter version over the 2.0-liter version.
Power from either engine is sent to the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Sport and RS models get a revised CVT with eight programmed shift points and shift paddles for a more traditional sporty driving experience. Subaru also says that all Imprezas will use a version of his WRX’s steering system for improved feel and precision. The RS trim adds a more sport-tuned suspension. However, the Impreza no longer offers a manual transmission.
Interior updates follow other Subies
Subaru has adopted an overall design similar to its predecessor Impreza. The previous model was easy to operate, highly visible from the outside, and had plenty of rear seat space for a small car, so this should be enough. However, Subaru has ditched the premium limited trim, so the Impreza will go without a leather interior for the foreseeable future.
Even the base trim level, which includes keyless entry and dual-zone climate control, has a fair amount of standard equipment. It adds simulated carbon fiber interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and the option of rear USB charging. port.
Available on the Sport and RS models is Subaru’s large 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment screen. This includes controlling climate control and other vehicle functions, and offers integrated wireless smartphone connectivity for both Apple and Android phones. Over-the-air updates are also available.
Subaru’s latest version of EyeSight, called an advanced driver assistance system, comes standard on all Impreza models. Improvements have been made to allow the system to operate more quickly and in a wider range of conditions. Standard technology includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure mitigation. The available Blind Spot Warning system now includes an Intervention Assist feature that can automatically steer the car back into its lane if it attempts to change lanes while it is in its blind spot.
2024 Impreza should remain a cheap option
Full pricing details have yet to be announced by Subaru, but we’d be surprised if this humble hatchback was significantly more expensive than the 2023 Impreza, which starts at just over $21,000. , you can find the new hatchback-only 2024 Impreza at your local Subaru dealer.