What kind of vehicle is the 2024 Subaru Impreza? What does it compare to?
The redesigned 2024 Subaru Impreza arrives only as a hatchback as the sedan rides off into history. It competes with compact cars such as the Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen GTI, and even the Subaru Crosstrek.
Is the 2024 Subaru Impreza a good car?
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The Impreza has been an affordable, solid car, but we’ll reserve judgment on the new model until we drive it. It will have the all-weather confidence of all-wheel drive and should have good space and good crash-test scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2024 Subaru Impreza?
The 2024 model year marks the loss of the sedan and manual transmission from the Impreza lineup but the return of the RS model. The RS refers to the 2.5 RS of the late 1990s, which was a precursor to the WRX, and the new model also has a 2.5-liter engine that wasn’t offered in the outgoing model.
Redesigned for the 2024 model year, the Impreza gets a new look, though the design is familiar. Up front, the grille takes on a hexagonal shape and the outboard fog light housings grow taller. The fenders widen around the wheels and a new character line drops from the front wheels to the lower sills and back to the rear wheel cutouts. Roof brackets are standard, and Subaru adds a step plate inside the rear doors for easier access to the roof. The RS model is marked by dark gray wheels, and gloss-black trim for the side skirts, mirror caps, fog lights, and grille.
A carryover 2.0-liter flat-4 spins up 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque in the base and Sport models. The RS’s 2.5-liter flat-4 produces 182 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. While both engines send their power to all four wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission, the version used for the Sport and RS has eight preset gear ratios so it can act more like a regular automatic. Subaru says the AWD system has faster responses and its center differential doesn’t lock as early, which allows the car to corner more freely.
Based on the platform used for the WRX, the new Impreza features more high-strength steel, and about three times as much adhesive bonding material in the body. The result is 10% higher torsional stiffness, according to Subaru. The car uses a version of the dual-pinion electronic power steering rack from the WRX, which the company claims will give it a more direct steering feel and quicker responses. Subaru also reinforced the engine block and transmission case, which reduces powertrain vibrations by 22%.
Inside, the Impreza has a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the base model and an 11.6-inch portrait-format touchscreen in the other models. The larger screen sits in a shield-shaped center stack, and the car retains analog gauges. The RS model features aluminum pedals and red seat bolsters on sport seats.
Without a manual transmission, the 2024 Impreza comes with more standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, and a rear-seat reminder system. Active lane control, blind-spot monitors with steering assist, and rear cross-traffic alerts are optional.
How much does the 2024 Subaru Impreza cost?
That’s yet to be determined, but the outgoing model started around $21,000. Expect the RS to top out below $30,000, where the WRX starts.
The new lineup is simplified to base, Sport, and RS trims. At its base level, the Impreza comes with cloth upholstery, keyless entry, LED headlights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Buyers have to move up to the Sport to get the larger screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, fog lights, and 18-inch wheels. The RS adds heated front seats, rear USB ports, carbon-fiber interior trim, upgraded LED headlights, and LED fog lights. RS buyers can also opt for a 10-way power-adjustable front seat with lumbar support, a Harman Kardon 10-speaker audio system, and a sunroof.
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