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Why The Next-Gen Subaru Impreza Has Less Cargo Space Than Outgoing Model

Cargo space drops slightly in the next-generation 2024 Subaru Impreza. See why Subaru had to sacrifice cargo room in the all-new Impreza.


Subaru of America didn’t officially announce the all-new 2024 Subaru Impreza has less cargo space than the outgoing 2023 model, but it does. Subaru of America recently showed the next-generation 2024 Impreza at a press event in Los Angeles. It revealed that the new hatchback’s cargo space is “slightly reduced” compared with the 2023 model.

The information came from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) as they checked out the interior of the new Impreza in a new video below. The spot from KBB is short, but they reveal that the new six-generation Impreza cargo room is less than the previous-generation model.

2024 Subaru Impreza cargo space

Why did Subaru make the new Impreza cargo space smaller?

Every new-generation model typically gets larger but not the Subaru Impreza. From Subaru’s recent press release of the new compact hatchback, Subaru of America explains why Impreza’s cargo room likely shrinks.

The newly-enhanced Subaru Global Platform (SGP) for the 2024 Impreza is most likely the reason. The new SGP has been enhanced with 10 percent higher torsional rigidity. A full inner frame construction and additional structural adhesive (from 26.2 feet to 88.5 feet) contribute to better body rigidity and lighter weight. Subaru says these updates “deliver an improved dynamic performance, smoother ride, and quieter cabin.”

2024 Subaru Impreza cargo space

The full inner frame construction had to get bigger to ensure a 10-percent higher torsional rigidity. The updated frame structure envelops the vehicle, including the rear cargo area. Subaru didn’t make the outer dimensions bigger, so the sacrifice had to come from the inside.

The Impreza stays the same size outside

The 2023 Impreza has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with the seats up, and 55.3 cubic feet with rear seatbacks lowered. The 2023 Impreza has a length of 176.2 inches, a width of 70.0 inches, and a height of 57.3 inches. The wheelbase is 105.1 inches.

The 2024 Impreza has a length of 176.2 inches, a width of 70.1 inches, and a height of 58.3 inches. The next generation is the same size, but its vehicle height is one inch higher. The wheelbase is also 105.1 inches. The only thing Subaru of America has revealed about the new Impreza’s cargo volume is that the 2024 Impreza has “120.9 cubic feet of roomy space.”

Subaru Corporation sacrificed a small amount of cargo space in the new 2024 Impreza to make it safer for its occupants. With the updated frame structure, we expect the next-generation Impreza to get top safety crash scores from the IIHS. Stay tuned.

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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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