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The redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX sticks close to the established formula, with this next-generation best defined by advancements in performance and technology. It features a new 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, with a modest power increase to 271 hp, and a choice of a 6-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission.
Suspension and steering changes promise improved handling. The updated interior is dominated by a large center screen used for infotainment and many other controls. A new top-level GT trim brings Recaro front seats, adjustable suspension, and further driver assist features. Standard on automatic-equipped versions, the latest EyeSight active safety suite expands its capabilities. It includes FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, and lane centering.
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2021
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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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.
$29,375 - $40,175
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$27,825 - $37,725
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$25,650 - $44,100
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$23,075 - $31,750
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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.
$21,500 - $30,700
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$19,075 - $27,575
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