2019 Subaru WRX
Ratings & Reliability
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 310-hp engine. Subaru's EyeSight safety system, including automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, is optional. Recent updates include enhanced suspension tuning, interior refinements, and some new features.