After the disaster that is the crossover-ish 2022 Subaru WRX, 2024 sees the return of the hatchback body, which was introduced in the third generation. Surprisingly, there won’t be a sedan version, making this the first Impreza to not have one.
You Gain Some You Lose Some
Starting off with the losses: the Premium and Limited variants are gone, leaving the Base, Sport, and the new RS. Manual transmission is no longer an option; all trims come with CVTs and all-wheel-drive that has a refined active torque vectoring system. Paddle shifters for the RS and Sport variants allows for a simulated manual mode that has 8 preset ratios.
The two lesser trims get the 152 horsepower, 145 lb-ft of torque out of the sideways 2.0-liter inline 4. The RS gets the 2.5-liter boxer inline 4 that makes 182 hp and 178 lb-ft, the same motor you would find in the Crosstrek.
The exterior has been refreshed, with a different blacked out grille, more evident wheel arches and taillights that remind us of other hatchbacks like Ford’s Focus. The back is reminiscent of a modern Lexus, while the black spoiler makes it seem like a GR Yaris. Comparisons aside, the RS also gets its badge on the trunk and front doors, with rocker panel molding and side mirrors in black. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system and the structural rigidity has been upgraded as well, featuring an altered dual-pinion electric steering rack of the WRX.
Step inside the hatchback and you’ll find the 11.6-inch infotainment screen, the biggest that Subaru has yet to offer. Sound deadening and supportive front seats are included for all variants. The RS has some differences, with the front black cloth seats wrapped in red bolsters, and a leather finish on the shifter and steering wheel. Interior trims of Gunmetal Gray and simulated carbon fiber with RS-badged floor mats make up the interior.
Do people miss the Impreza hatch? Yes, and it’s sufficient to say that the lack of a manual is a shame, considering the RS trim and the fact that it doesn’t have crossover-ish elements. The blue does give off very strong Focus RS vibes; and only now we realize that their trim names are the same. Talk about coincidence!
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Subaru)