February 29, 2024

2024 Subaru Impreza Review: Four door no more

Pros: Standard all-wheel drive; good value; hatch offers great utility

Cons: Ho-hum interior, infotainment and engine offerings; no more sedan

From a distance, the 2024 Subaru Impreza may be mistaken for a crossover — perhaps its fraternal twin, the Crosstrek — but up close, this compact is all hatchback. Unfortunately, we mean that all too literally; as of 2024, the Impreza sedan is no more. With it, we also saw the demise of the manual transmission.

But the Impreza hatchback is not merely a kneecapped Crosstrek. It’s lower and missing the crossover’s body cladding, yes, but it also offers a sportier drive with crisper handling. And if that’s your bag, the revived RS model comes with a bigger engine, firmer suspension, bigger wheels and a performance drive mode to tie it all together — and you’ve still got all-wheel drive for when the going gets slick.

It’s no secret that small cars are thin on the ground in 2024, but don’t let the reduced size of the field fool you. Subaru has to compete with the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra. Its standard hatchback configuration and all-wheel drive are a plus in this crowd, and while its interior may not be as fancy as the others’, the Impreza’s cabin is well-built and hard-wearing, and if you really must have the power offered by the turbocharged Mazda 3, the WRX still exists; there’s even a fancy GT model if you’d rather be coddled than play Cosworth. 

Interior & Technology   |   Passenger & Cargo Space   |   Performance & Fuel Economy

What it’s like to drive   |   Pricing & Trim Levels   |   Crash Ratings & Safety Features

What’s new for 2024?

The Impreza was completely overhauled for 2024, but that’s not the biggest news: That honor goes to the demise of the four-door Impreza sedan. There are now just three trims: Base, Sport and RS, and under the hood of the last, there’s a punchy new engine lifted from the Crosstrek Sport. Subaru also updated the Impreza’s EyeSight safety suite to be better at detecting pedestrians and cyclists in the road ahead.

model’s flat black look, but it still retains useful physical controls. For example, you can adjust the temperature and activate the defrosters via real buttons. The chunky volume and tuning knobs are appreciated, and the heated seats being activated by switches on the console is way better than doing so on a touchscreen. Stepping up to the Sport or RS also adds USB-C charging (USB-A is standard on the Base), which is becoming a must-have for new smart gadgets. Oddly, the Impreza retains an aux port front and center under the touchscreen no matter the trim level, so good news for folks who hung onto their iPods.

That big 11.6-inch screen may wow in comparison to what you’ll find a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, but do be warned that it’s slow to respond to inputs no matter the task at hand. Its simple menu layout is nice, but tech fiends won’t find any whiz-bang features or innovative software solutions within Subaru’s infotainment software. The instrument cluster is mostly analog save for a small central screen that can be configured to display a number of different items. The gauges themselves are easily readable, but the screen that is controlled via steering wheels buttons is dated, especially when you consider the Impreza is all-new this year.

Mazda3 hatchbacks. The cabin is roomy and the rear cargo area spacious, though it is somewhat compromised by the Impreza’s standard all-wheel drive. Front headroom is almost identical to its compact competitors’, while it has a slight advantage over the Mazda3 in rear head- and legroom.

Cargo room is also similar. The Impreza offers 19.9 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats up. The front-wheel drive Civic hatchback manages 24.7 cubes; the all-wheel drive Mazda offers just 20.1. We’ve not yet published a luggage test of the 2024 Impreza, but we’ve sampled the new Subaru Crosstrek. The results showed the Civic indeed having a bit more space for luggage (though not much), and the Impreza/Crosstrek actually being a bit better than the Mazda.

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an IIHS Top Safety Pick + — the highest rating offered by the watchdog — and received five stars in U.S. government crash testing.

With the demise of the manual transmission, Subaru’s EyeSight safety package is now standard on every model. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, emergency steering assist, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, rear seat reminder, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering assist.

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