Subaru is introducing the sixth-generation Impreza for the 2024 model year, and with it comes new looks, new technology, a new powertrain option and the return of the rally-inspired RS trim level from the late 1990s. The new Subie made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show just like it did when it first showed up in 1992. In recognition of this, the automaker says it wanted to emphasize the nameplate’s sportiness and capability and reshuffle the trim level structure. to include base, Sport and RS models. Engineers stiffened the chassis by 10 percent, added Active Torque Vectoring as a standard feature on all models, gave it a beefier engine option, and borrowed the dual-gear electronic power steering rack from the WRX. We won’t know if all of this adds more spark to the standard Impreza’s personality until we get our hands on one, but for now, we’ll say things look promising.
What’s new for 2024?
So far, we know about several key changes to the Impreza model line. For starters, Subaru made the continuously variable automatic (CVT) standard on all 2024 Imprezas. Unfortunately for three-pedal advocates, the automaker did not mention the availability of a manual transmission. Additionally, the Impreza will be offered exclusively in a five-door hatchback configuration – something WRX fanatics are sure to envy, as they’ve been hoping for a WRX hatchback ever since it was discontinued after the 2014 model year. Speaking of the WRX, updates to the Impreza’s exterior are similar to the design language seen on the latest generation of both the WRX and Crosstrek. Unlike those two models, however, the next generation Impreza rolls without any plastic cladding desperately clinging to its body. Changes to the interior design make it almost identical to that of its newer stablemates, especially the Crosstrek. The 11.6-inch Starlink touchscreen is available for the first time in the Impreza and is standard on Sport and RS trim levels.
Prices and which one to buy
Subaru has yet to reveal pricing for the all-new 2024 Impreza, but we expect an increase in MSRP for the base and Sport models, with RS models following a pricing structure similar to that of the Limited trim level found on the outgoing model. be offered. Given our natural inclination towards sports-oriented vehicles, plus the power of nostalgia, we’re curious to see what the reborn Impreza RS is capable of. Highlights of the RS include a bump in engine displacement to 2.5 liters from the base car’s 2.0-liter, trim-specific 18-inch wheels, a gunmetal interior with artificial carbon fiber trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, aluminum-trimmed pedals, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, and USB charging ports for rear passengers.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Impreza retains its meager 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, which makes the same 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque as before. A larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine will be available exclusively for the new RS model, offering a power boost of 30 horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque for a total output of 182 horses and 178 pound-feet. foot. A CVT is standard on all 2024 Imprezas, as is Active Torque Vectoring, which improves upon the capable Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. For an extra sprinkling of its rally racing sportiness, Subaru has fitted the new Impreza with a version of the electronic power steering rack found in the WRX. The automaker says it has also increased the chassis stiffness of the next-generation Impreza by 10 percent, which in theory should help both handling and ride. We’ll update this section with performance figures once we’ve driven and tested the all-new Impreza.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Since the base Impreza and Impreza Sport models will both use the same 2.0-liter engine in the outgoing model, we think it’s safe to assume that EPA ratings will be similar to those of the current five-door hatchback equipped with the CVT: 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. We’ll update this section once the EPA publishes its ratings and after we pass the Impreza by us 75 mph highway fuel consumption route which is part of our extensive testing regime.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Subaru interiors are known for being pragmatic rather than fancy, and that trend continues with the 2024 Impreza. Dual-zone climate controls are standard across the model range, as are 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The automaker says it’s focused its efforts on an ergonomic front seat design as well as quietening the cabin – we’ll check to see if it’s more comfortable and quieter than the fifth-gen model once we’ve had a chance to get behind the wheel to climb From what we can tell so far, the updates appear to be similar to the changes found inside the 2022 WRX, including a larger center stack screen. The revisions in the WRX sports sedan felt and looked like a natural progression from the interior design of the previous generation, and we expect the same from the new hatchback, as their interior designs are almost identical.
Infotainment and connectivity
The 2024 Subaru Impreza offers the automaker’s Starlink multimedia system standard on Sport and RS models. Compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it features an 11.6-inch touchscreen display with controls for the audio system, HVAC and select vehicle functions. For models equipped with Starlink, Subaru also offers its Safety and Security connectivity services, such as SOS emergency assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, as well as conveniences such as Remote Vehicle Locator. In addition, the new Impreza provides its passengers with an auxiliary input jack, a USB-C port and a USB-A port, so you’re ready no matter what smartphone you happen to have. There’s also an available Harmon Kardon 10-speaker sound system, though it’s only offered on the range-topping RS model.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
In addition to the aforementioned Safety and Security-connected services available for Starlink-equipped models, Subaru has made its EyeSight Driver Assist technology standard for all three Impreza trim levels. Automatic emergency steering is included on models equipped with the optional blind-spot detection system, which is already packaged with lane-keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alert—all of which are standard on the new RS model. Subaru is also introducing some new services to the 2024 Impreza, including Valet Mode, Trip Log and Driving Journal, and Remote Vehicle Configuration. Not the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) sites still have crash test results for the next generation Impreza. Key safety features include:
- Standard adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available automatic emergency steering
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
The Impreza’s warranty is average for the class and not as generous as that of the Hyundai Elantra or the Kia Forteboth of which offer powertrain coverage for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance