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New Subaru Impreza Hatch Vs. Crosstrek SUV - Meet The Shining Star

Should you buy the 2024 Subaru Impreza hatch or the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek? Here are four reasons why one model beats the other every time.

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If you are considering buying the all-new 2024 Subaru Impreza, it's a good choice for some compact hatch buyers. Many buyers are walking away and checking out another Subaru model. There are distinct advantages to the Crosstrek small SUV over the Impreza. 

The Crosstrek offers the same affordability, fuel efficiency, and hatchback utility but has more advantages that I have found. There are four reasons why the Crosstrek beats the Impreza every time. 

2024 Subaru Impreza driving

Customers with active lifestyles are finding four significant advantages. They are its recreational features. 

  1. Crosstrek has 8.7 inches of ground clearance 
  2. X-Mode for extreme severe-weather capability 
  3. A Sport trim with duel-function X-Mode for all-terrain capability
  4. The new outdoor-themed Crosstrek Wilderness to get further off the grid 

Why do you need 8.7 inches of ground clearance?

It's always been an advantage the Crosstrek had over the other small SUV competition with the additional ride height to clear any obstacles on the trail or road. Active customers will use the Crosstrek for off-road adventures and to get further away from civilization. It's the calling card of a Subaru Crosstrek.  

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness sitting high

Crosstrek Wilderness has 9.3 inches of rock clearing ground clearance.

The Crosstrek Wilderness joined the Wilderness family, adding features that have made the Outback Wilderness and Forester Wilderness popular with overlanders and off-roaders. The new trim level has taller ground clearance (9.3 inches), an upgraded suspension, all-terrain tires, unique interior and exterior design, better towing capacity, and advanced off-pavement technology. 

Subaru says the Crosstrek Wilderness has longer coil springs and shock absorbers, specially tuned to help maintain performance in all driving conditions.

What is X-Mode?

With the X-Mode system activated, the vehicle can better capitalize on the traction available and provide sure-footedness over and above what is afforded by Subaru's symmetrical full-time all-wheel-drive. Here is a brief explanation of how the X-Mode system works and how to get the most from it in everyday use.

The system controls the engine, transmission, all-wheel-drive torque split, and braking system when road conditions are challenging and there is a need to capitalize on the grip. It uses the CVT transmission to better direct power to the wheels that need the most traction. This is useful in everyday driving where snow, ice, mud, or wet conditions occur on the road.

What is dual function X-Mode on Sport, Limited, and Wilderness?

If you live in a northern climate where you'll encounter deep snow or mud, you'll want the Crosstrek Sport, Limited or Wilderness. Dual-Function X-Mode comes with deep snow and deep mud settings. Dual-Function X-Mode adds additional capability when you get into deep snow, mud, and steep inclines if you live in the mountains.

How does Dual-function X-Mode work?

Dual-Function X-Mode changes the SUV's brakes by locking up one wheel if it senses it is spinning. The system knows it needs extra grip instead of letting the wheel spin. 

Do you need the Wilderness trim level? 

Consider the all-new next-generation 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness to escape civilization and get further off the grid. It comes with extensive off-road performance upgrades for the most active customers.

You don't need the Wilderness trim level if you don't take the Crosstrek past the city limits. 

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Which Subaru vehicle would you choose? The Impreza hatch or the Crosstrek small SUV? 

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imprezaOwner (not verified)    December 10, 2023 - 5:49PM

Before I bought my Impreza a long time ago, I had to decide between the Impreza and Crosstrek. The issue wasn't which was better. The Crosstrek was obviously better. The Crosstrek is an Impreza lifted 8.7 inches off the ground with X Mode. The issue was whether it was worth the extra $3 to $4k in purchase price. As I don't live in a climate with many ice and snow days, I couldn't justify the cost. However, if I did live in a colder climate, that I would have purchased the Crosstrek.

Now factor in a Crosstrek Wilderness edition with a $8 to $10K higher price tag, never. I am not going to the wilderness to hike mountains and kayak rapids. That car belongs to Tarzan.

Marky Mark (not verified)    December 11, 2023 - 3:20AM

If you think you need a Crosstrek over an Impreza, then you should consider the Forester Premium over the Crosstrek:

* Same 8.7" of ground clearance
* 2.5L engine
* way more cargo space than the Crosstrek
* power driver's seat w/ lumbar support
* LED headlamps plus fog lights
* pano sun roof
* Single mode X-Mode
* Costs the SAME as a Crosstrek Sport
* (unfortunately only wired Apple Carplay/Android auto in the '24 Forester)

If you want a small crossover SUV, Forester beats Crosstrek. If you want a CAR that drives like a car, get an Impreza. Its AWD is more than capable in moderate snow (with the right tires). The ground clearance is the limiting factor in snow, not the lack of X-Mode.

Robert Forman (not verified)    December 12, 2023 - 12:41AM

The Crosstrek offers higher ground clearance and thereby a higher riding height than the Impreza.....and the Crosstrek Wilderness even more....which many drivers prefer.
Conversely, a higher ground clearance means more air under the car which increases fuel consumption....a bit. Perhaps not by much....maybe a mile or two per gallon at 75 mph?
But many people may find it is also easier to get into the Crosstrek because it does ride higher. Try both.
Price both. See if either fits your needs better....or if you need more room, if a Forester or Outback might be even a better choice?