2022 Subaru Impreza
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While Subaru Runs In High Gear - The Aging Impreza Sedan And Hatch Run Out Of Gas

The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, 2021 Crosstrek, and Ascent all posted gains last month, but the Subaru Impreza is running out of gas. Here’s what the compact car needs for the 2022 model change.
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The Subaru Impreza is falling further behind the other all-wheel-drive models in the lineup. In September, when every Subaru model posted gains over last year, the Impreza compact sedan and hatchback dropped again. The Impreza was down 21.1 percent over the same month the previous year and is down -34.8 percent year-to-date, more than any model.

The Impreza sedan and hatchback were the first to be updated with the new Subaru Global Platform in 2017. In year four of its life cycle, Impreza received a minor refresh for 2020, and next year it will be the last year before a total remodel. In year five, the 2021 Impreza received minor changes and a reshuffling of standard features that were previously options. The significant changes come in 2022.

2022 Subaru Impreza

The current-generation Impreza is not keeping up with the competition. The Honda Civic is the segment leader with 73,083 sales through August 2020, while the Impreza managed only 13,535 sales to customers. The Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Kia Forte, and Volkswagen Jetta all have more sales than Impreza.

What’s next for the 2022 Impreza?

A full redesign is coming in 2022, and the compact sedan and hatchback need something big to keep up with the competition. We know the next-generation 2022 Impreza will come with the new EyeSight X driver-assist safety technology. It could get a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and Subaru could drop the manual transmission.

2022 Subaru Impreza

The new turbocharged engine with have direct-injection and will likely come with similar power but will have improved fuel mileage. The 2021 Subaru Impreza has a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine with a CVT automatic and a 6-speed manual gearbox on lower trims. Subaru is fazing out the manual transmission, so all trims are equipped with standard EyeSight.

The hot Honda Civic is the model to catch, but it won’t be easy. Subaru needs something to catch the attention of a young demographic seeking sporty and fast. When the Impreza cut ties with the WRX in 2015, the compact car lost its performance car nature. It’s been in a steady decline ever since.

Subaru is not one to make radical exterior changes, but Impreza needs more than other models. The compact car looks like a lowered version of the Crosstrek now, and it needs to move away from the adventurous model with a radical new design.

The 2022 Subaru Impreza also needs a larger engine option like its stablemate Crosstrek just received. That would spark new interest in the Impreza models and give it a proper Sport trim with added power. The new 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine powering the 2022 BRZ would be a perfect choice. Stay tuned.

What would you like to see in the redesigned 2022 Impreza?

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Comments

Impreza needs a lower price. To get same level of standard equipment as base Legacy the price is the same as the larger sedan
I have heard all many of problems with various auto manufacturers. Subarus seem to have consistent quality control problems, more so then other manufacturers. For that reason alone, I cannot take a risk with these vehicles.
Quality control issues? They had a few issues with the new Legacy and updated Ascent, all of which were addressed and corrected quickly. Unlike other manufactures, Subaru will take care of issues concerning safety and manufacturing quicker than let's say GM or Toyota. I am definitely not a Subaru fan boy, but let's do some reading before posting misleading dialogue. For 2020 Subaru has an average of 90 problems per 100 vehicles, which isn't tops, but it puts Subaru in the higher middle tier. As apposed to 2018 when they had 115 problems per 100 vehicles which was 5th from the bottom. They've obviously made strides to correct issues with production.
For the US spec Impreza, they should use the 1.8 liter in the Levorg and provide a CVT more in line with the new Forte. Somehow Kia has developed the only CVT that actually feels like a traditional step geared transmission and uses a chain instead of a rubber band. If we have to have a CVT, make it a solid reliable unit like Kia's, Other wise the Impreza needs to impress with enthusiasts much like the Mazda 3 and Civic have, and offer value for your dollar like Hyundai/Kia. They must appeal to typical Subaru buyers and young buyers alike. It's a difficult balance, but Subaru has and can do so again.