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Subaru WRX

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
With its blistering acceleration and tenacious cornering grip, the WRX is built for the enthusiast driver. A manual is standard, and the optional CVT has eight predetermined ratios that the driver controls 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 305-hp engine. Subaru's EyeSight safety system includes automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning. Recent updates include enhanced suspension tuning, interior refinements, and some new features.
All Ratings & Reliability
2017
2017 Redesign Year
Subaru WRX 2017
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $24,775 - $32,200 $21,510 - $28,710
2015-2016
2015 Redesign Year
Subaru WRX 2016
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $22,775 - $31,250 $19,560 - $27,810
2015 $20,850 - $29,450 $17,650 - $26,000