About two weeks ago, Subaru debuted all-new compact Impreza car at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Impreza is now six generations old and features a completely new design, improved performance, improved safety features and updated multimedia technology. The RS trim, which is brand new for 2024features a 2.5-litre Subaru Boxer® engine, exclusive 18-inch wheels and distinctive exterior and interior features.
For this model year, the brand has thinned out this lineup by dropping the sedan entirely, and is now only available in hatchback form. In addition, the automaker has also drastically reduced the number of trims to just three: base, sport and RS trim levels, each of which has undergone a number of significant and groundbreaking improvements.
According to Subaru, the new Impreza will hit dealers in spring 2023 as a model year 2024 hot hatch. While Subaru has omitted a price range, we expect the Impreza to remain the brand’s entry-level model at the lowest cost.
Here’s a look at the Subaru Impreza’s best feature, as well as some of its other notable features for the 2024 model year.
The most notable version of the 2024 Subaru Impreza is the newer, sportier Impreza RS model
Recall that the RS nameplate made its debut in 1998. Arriving in the US market, the RS served as the the predecessor of the classic WRX, with a 165 hp turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC engine, unique RS badging and stunning performance accentuated by its standard four-wheel drive system. Like the predecessor, the Impreza RS 2024 comes with RS badging on the front doors and tailgate. It also gets dark gray 18-inch alloy wheels, a black grille, side spoilers, wing mirrors, upgraded LED headlights and LED fog lights.
For the base Impreza, Subaru will continue to use the same 2.0-liter engine with 152 horsepower. Nothing to rave about. However, the new top-level RS trim adds a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from the Forester SUV, producing 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. A powerful 2.5-litre BOXER engine and a Lineartronic CVT with an 8-speed manual transmission and paddle shifters on the steering wheel are standard equipment for the new RS trim level.
The interior of the RS also gets a unique touch. Black cloth front sports seats with red cloth side bolsters and RS branded carpeted floor mats are just some of the interior trim accents that set the RS interior apart from the rest of the fleet. The RS also comes with upgraded aluminum alloy pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, heated front seats and rear USB charging ports. To top it off, features such as a 10-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system, power moonroof and 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support are exclusive to the RS.
The 2024 Subaru Impreza lineup drops the sedan and manual transmission
The manual transmission of the previous generation Impreza is replaced by the standard CVT, available on all Imprezas, and features paddle shifters and an eight-speed manual shift mode on non-base model Imprezas. However, this has a positive side. Without the manual, Subaru can include its EyeSight safety technology as standard.
In addition to dropping the captivating manual, the Impreza branches out of the WRX joint circle and no longer shares body panels or body styles. Also, the Impreza sedan is dropped from the lineup, leaving a four-door hatchback as the sole body style.
The 2024 Subaru Impreza offers enhanced performance and comes standard with all-wheel drive
The new Impreza comes with a revised Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system resulting in faster response time, more agile handling and improved cornering. Also standard with the four-wheel drive is the famous Active Torque Vectoring.
To improve performance and handling, the Sport and RS trim levels include the SI-Drive performance management system, 18-inch alloy wheels and sport-tuned suspension.
An electronic power steering housing with two pinions of the WRX sports car also makes the cut to the 2024 Impreza, providing a more direct and responsive steering feel.
Other notable features of the 2024 Subaru Impreza
The 11.6-inch Multimedia Plus touchscreen is standard on the Sport and RS trim levels and provides access to a number of exciting features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming connectivity, and more. In addition to these responsibilities, the multimedia system functions as a central information display, with integrated combimeters and on-screen controls for audio, climate and vehicle functions.
In terms of style, Subaru hasn’t exactly pushed the boundaries for 2024. With a touch of flare in the fenders and better cohesion between the revised headlights and larger grille, the new Impreza looks a little sharper and bolder than ever. And it is very similar to others restyled vehicles such as the Forester and Ascent thanks to slimmer taillights with a notch at the back. The interior is visually less imposing than before due to a greater emphasis on horizontal lines, but is otherwise largely unchanged.