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With its blistering acceleration and tenacious cornering grip, the WRX is built for the enthusiast driver. A manual is standard, and the optional continuously variable transmission has eight predetermined ratios that the driver can control via steering-wheel paddles.
Power is abundant, handling is nimble, and the WRX is very capable on a track. But the ride is very stiff and choppy, and the clunky shifter and abrupt clutch engagement make the WRX frustrating as a daily driver. The higher-performance WRX STI has a different transmission and suspension, and a more powerful 310-hp engine. Subaru's EyeSight safety system, including FCW and AEB, is optional. Recent updates include revised suspension tuning, interior refinements, and some new features.
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Predicted Reliability
Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2017-2020
2017 Redesign Year
With its blistering acceleration and tenacious cornering grip, the WRX is built for the enthusiast driver. A six-speed manual is standard, but a CVT is offered.
Power is abundant and handling is nimble, but the ride is very stiff and choppy, and the stiff-feeling shifter and abrupt clutch engagement make the WRX frustrating as a daily driver. The higher-performance WRX STi has transmission and suspension differences along with a stronger 305-hp engine.
$29,125 - $39,650
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
$27,150 - $37,050
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
$23,475 - $41,900
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
$22,250 - $30,900
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
2015-2016
2015 Redesign Year
With its blistering acceleration and tenacious cornering grip, the WRX is built for the enthusiast driver. A six-speed manual is standard, but a CVT is offered.
Power is abundant and handling is nimble, but the ride is very stiff and choppy, and the stiff-feeling shifter and abrupt clutch engagement make the WRX frustrating as a daily driver. The higher-performance WRX STi has transmission and suspension differences along with a stronger 305-hp engine. New for 2016 is Subaru's Eyesight assistance package, which includes lane-keep assist, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning. Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. The hatchback is no longer available.
$20,400 - $29,625
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
$17,875 - $26,600
Average Retail Price
RELIABILITY VERDICT
OWNER SATISFACTION
OWNER REPORTED MPG
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