When the WRX first appeared here in 2002, we found this rally-car inspired version of the Impreza sedan very engaging: a genuine sports car with tons of power and super-sharp handling lodged within a mild-mannered, all-wheel-drive, four-door sedan. The current "Rex" carries on that tradition, and it tests out very well in some areas.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"After having had 6 Legacy (1997, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2015) that where getting better and better, I finally succumbed to this marvel. Wow. WRX ST CTV. Precision, comfort and fast."

Marc L., QC (2018 Subaru WRX)

"I'm a bit disappointed in the driving experience overall. The magic drivetrain is touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it cannot be tuned to make the car oversteer on pavement, no matter what I do. The understeer bias is for safety, I understand that. However, on the supposedly most raw, track-focused sports sedan available in the Canadian market, you would at least expect the electronic nannies to be able to be turned off. Further, the six-speed transmission shifts sloppily, there's no kind way to put it. I've had cars with better shifting precision and feeling in cars from the 1980's (Toyota MR2 and any Honda of that era are good examples). There's really no excuse for a $50k car to have a shifter that feels like a screwdriver shoved into a bucket of gravel. It's also much slower than it should be, even slower than older STi's I suspect this, and the annoying so-called "rev hang", which makes the car feel like it has a very heavy flywheel between shifts, is the fault of the unending quest for better fuel economy, but it sure sucks the fun out of what is supposed to be a fun car."

Greg H., ON (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Great acceleratiion and handling, especially on slick surfaces"

Stan S., CO (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Compared to the Honda element, the Subaru is amazing. I would say that the turbo is responsible for this. I believe it would be difficult for me to go back to an auto without the turbo charged engine."

Edward B., UT (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Amazing performance. Handles like its on rails."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Subaru WRX)

"This car is like a cat on a carpet. Low center of gravity and tacky summer tires will throw this thing around a corner like it's on a track. Nice and peppy while still getting nearly 30 MPG."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru WRX)

"This car hugs the road, and the 18's made a huge improvement in overall ride quality."

Peter G., MD (2018 Subaru WRX)

"The 2018 WRX rides fimly yet smoothly, handles very well, and even provides some useful features such as hill assist. The clutch is well optimized and requires only minor effort to engage and disengage. The steering however can sometimes feel a little heavy, which is fairly typical of sports cars. The throttle mapping is unfortunately much too aggressive, which makes acceleration very difficult to modulate. The non-linear nature of the throttle mapping sometimes results in excessive and unexpected acceleration, potentially creating a dangerous situation, especially on slippery surfaces. While the turbocharged boxer engine is extremely powerful, very little of this power is available below 2,000 RPM. Therefore successfully launching the car from a stop requires revving the engine to at least 2K RPM. Launching is further complicated by a rev hang located between first and second gears. The combination of non-linear acceleration and rev hang makes launching the car and shifting from first to second gear a very challenging task to perform smoothly, even for those already experienced with driving a manual transmission."

Michael K., MA (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Love the “analogue‿ driving experience. Excellent handling and road-feel, with peppy acceleration for sure."

Jeffrey M., CA (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Handling, responsiveness, and acceleration are excellent"

Greg R., MO (2018 Subaru WRX)

"great and great!"

R C., NY (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Handling and acceleration is generally great, however, I prefer the more direct steering and especially the direct stick of my 2003 WRX"

Shaun W., MA (2018 Subaru WRX)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The road noise, even in the improved 2018 model, is quite loud. I get it, it's a sports car, but having the upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo doesn't matter if you can't get the road whoosh out of your ears. The sporty suspension is as expected, not too harsh, not too soft."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Firm controlled ride, but not punishing as in previous models. Seats are comfortable with good bostering, and road noise while louder than the competition, is not objectionable."

Michael K., MA (2018 Subaru WRX)

"The noise level from tires and wind when driving is quite loud due to minimal sound insulation. I was aware of this from reading reviews so was not surprised, but it is a nuisance."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Subaru WRX)

"I am surprised by how comfortable and compliant the STi is overall. Endless pundits from all types of publications have constantly moaned about how stiff and punishing the ride is, and how unsuitable it is for a daily driver. I avoided even testing one for years because I figured that as a 50 year old with health issues, it would certainly be too rough for me. But it's all hogwash. these pundits either have never driven a sports car, or maybe think the general public all want luxury cars. Or maybe I'm the exception. I also have a Porsche 911 and, until recently, a 2009 Altima coupe. The coupe was about on par with the STi, and the 911 is much, much harsher. It's also a lot more engagin and fun to drive, of course. Long story short, the STi is far from the enemy of kidneys and lower backs that it is made out to be."

Greg H., ON (2018 Subaru WRX)

"Far better than previous models. I’m happy with with the seats and noise. The ride depends on the road conditions. I would have selected smaller wheels (larger tires) for the streets of Boston"

Shaun W., MA (2018 Subaru WRX)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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