2024 Subaru Impreza Ditches the Sedan, Brings Back RS Trim

Kyle Patrick
by Kyle Patrick

More tech, more power, sharper looks: here’s the 2024 Subaru Impreza.

Subaru debuted the sixth-generation Impreza early Thursday at the 2022 Los Angeles International Autoshow. The brand’s smallest car sees a range of improvements, from better infotainment, more standard safety kit, and the return of a more powerful RS trim.

Beyond all that, the 2024 Impreza comes only as a hatchback this generation. There’s also a simplified trim lineup, with base and Sport underneath the range-topping RS.

Since we saw the Japanese-market Crosstrek earlier this year, the Impreza’s design is low on surprises. Strip off the cladding, and it’s pretty much the same. In typical Subaru fashion, it’s not far removed from what came before, either. The headlights are squintier, the taillights are C-shaped a la Forester, and the grille is larger. It’s an altogether handsome, if slightly anonymous, shape, and to Subaru’s benefit, it comes with some bright colors.

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Inside, the Impreza has adopted a cleaner dashboard design. There’s a large cubby ahead of the shifter for storage, and a clever diagonally-oriented pair of cupholders on the other side. Higher trims gain the larger, portrait-orientation 11.6-inch touchscreen, which now features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, Subaru has promised that both mirroring options now fill the whole screen.

The returning RS trim features the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine, which produces a healthy 182 horsepower. The other trims carry over the 2.0-liter engine. The Japanese-market hybrid system was not discussed at the reveal. Of course, AWD is standard on all trims, and now so is Subaru’s CVT, with eight simulated “gears” in manual mode. (The Canadian model gains a Sport-Tech trim below the RS, which also runs the 2.5-liter.)

Subaru has long been big on safety, and the 2024 Impreza is no exception. The EyeSight driver assist suite is standard, with a wider field of view and better pedestrian and cyclist detection. Subaru expects the Impreza to continue its 15-year streak of an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.

Expect more info on the 2024 Subaru Impreza, including pricing, fuel economy, and availability, in the new year.

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Kyle Patrick
Kyle Patrick

Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.

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