Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Subaru WRX

Change Vehicle
Change Vehicle
2019
  • 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 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.
All Ratings & Reliability
2017-2018
2017 Redesign Year
Subaru WRX 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $23,975 - $41,775 $21,170 - $38,270
2017 $21,600 - $30,350 $18,910 - $27,410
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. The hatchback is no longer available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $19,600 - $29,000 $16,960 - $26,110
2015 $18,275 - $26,075 $15,150 - $23,200
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
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.
2017-2018
2017 Redesign Year
Subaru WRX 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $23,975 - $41,775 $21,170 - $38,270
2017 $21,600 - $30,350 $18,910 - $27,410
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. The hatchback is no longer available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $19,600 - $29,000 $16,960 - $26,110
2015 $18,275 - $26,075 $15,150 - $23,200