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2024 Subaru Impreza RS AWD Review on Everyman Driver

Subaru has carved its niche in the automotive world by sticking to what it does best. While its Japanese counterparts may focus on various aspects, Subaru’s commitment to crafting practical, affordable, and adventurous cars and SUVs has garnered a dedicated following. Its legacy in global rally racing has only reinforced its reputation for robust build quality and advanced all-wheel-drive systems.

Enter the Subaru Impreza — a vehicle designed for the everyday driver and weekend adventurer. While it may not be a motorsports champion, the Impreza checks off all the boxes for a reliable commuter and capable explorer. With a spacious and comfortable cabin, plus ample cargo room, especially when you fold down the rear seats, it’s ready for any journey.

The 2024 model ushers in the Impreza’s sixth generation, albeit with mostly subtle changes. Updates to the grille, headlights, and taillights freshen its appearance, while structural enhancements make the car 10% stiffer for improved handling. Despite these improvements, its dimensions remain largely unchanged, maintaining its ease of parking and maneuverability.

Inside, enhancements such as new seat mounts enhance ride comfort, while the infotainment system receives an upgrade with a standard 7-inch touchscreen (or an available 11.6-inch display in higher trims). The EyeSight driver safety system also sees improvements, offering a wider-view camera and additional collision avoidance features. The introduction of a new RS trim pays homage to Subaru’s performance heritage, offering a larger engine for a bit more power. However, the sedan body style and manual transmission are discontinued, leaving only a hatchback with an automatic shifter.

While these updates may not boost the Impreza’s speed or fuel efficiency, the new RS trim holds promise in the performance department, pending testing. Nevertheless, compared to competitors like the Honda Civic Hatchback, Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and Mazda 3 Hatchback, the Impreza faces stiff competition. While rivals may offer more power and better fuel economy, the Impreza maintains its appeal, particularly for those prioritizing cargo space. Plus, with optional all-wheel drive, it remains a top choice for tackling diverse terrains with confidence.

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