Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. While the 2023 Subaru Impreza was available in seven different trims across two body styles, the next-generation 2024 model cuts that down a bit, throwing some additional sportiness into the mix.
Subaru on Thursday unveiled the 2024 Impreza at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. The sedan has been discontinued, meaning the Impreza is now a hatchback-only model line. At the same time, the automaker has drastically reduced the number of cuts it offers – now there are only three.
Base and Sport trims use a 2.0-liter flat-4 gas engine that produces 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Both all-wheel drive and continuously variable transmission are standard. The AWD system has been revised for better response, and all trims borrow a version of the WRX’s electronic power steering rack. All three trims are built on a frame that’s been modified for 2024 to add 10 percent more torsional stiffness. The sports suspension, as the name suggests, picks up slightly more dynamic pieces such as stiffer suspension and shift paddles.
Subaru also brought back the RS trim for 2024. Under the hood is a 2.5-liter flat-4 gas engine that makes 182 hp and 178 lb-ft, and carries the same suspension and shift paddles as the ‘Impreza Sport. The RS distinguishes itself from the rest of the range with unique badges, gloss black exterior trim and LED headlights. Inside, there’s faux carbon-fiber trim, black and red sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an optional 10-way power driver’s seat. An 11.6-inch infotainment display is also standard on the RS, as well as the Sport, with Subaru Stellar connection telematics with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Regardless of trim, a number of standard safety systems are available. All Imprezas are equipped with the Subaru EyeSight suite of active and passive driving aids, which includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. The RS also comes standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts and lane keep assist, as well as automatic emergency steering, which can help avoid a collision at speeds up to 50 mph. A rear seat reminder is also standard across the board.
Stylistically, Subaru hasn’t really rocked the boat for 2024. The new Impreza looks a bit sharper, with a hint of flare in the fenders and better cohesion between the revised headlights and larger grille. Out back, the taillights are slimmer and feature a notch that brings the Impreza more in line with other facelift offerings like the Forester and Ascent. The interior reduces the visual weight of the dashboard, thanks to greater attention to horizontal lines, but is not radically different from before.
The 2024 Subaru Impreza will hit dealerships in the spring and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.