2016 Subaru WRX

 
2016 Subaru WRX
 
2016 Subaru WRX
 

2016 Subaru WRX

MSRP 
$30,890
Invoice 
$29,112
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 24 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4, 268 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Subaru WRX and STi compete against a variety of machinery across several segments. The Subarus are fast and handle very well, with the STi being in direct competition with sports cars such as the Nissan 370Z. However, they offer a degree of practicality that puts them up against many compact, similarly priced European cars like the MINI Cooper and BMW 2-series. The WRX starts at just over $26,500, while the more powerful STi has a base price just under $34,500.

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What's New For 2016

Following a 2015 redesign, Subaru has focused changes to the 2016 WRX and WRX STi strictly on interior convenience and safety. A new 6.2-inch Starlink multimedia touchscreen infotainment system is now standard on all trim levels, though a 7-inch system is available on select models. EyeSight Driver Assist -- which is integrated with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning -- is now available on WRXs equipped with the Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. Meanwhile, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert are now available on certain trims.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Est Target Price With Options

$30,890

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Specifications for 2016 Subaru WRX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: Subaru Starlink 6.2" Multimedia System -inc: AM/FM stereo HD radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, single touch gesture high resolution display, 6.2" LCD screen, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, rear-vision camera, SiriusXM All Access radio (subscription required), smartphone integration: AHA, Pandora, iHeart Radio, USB port, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 6 speakers and roof mounted audio and satellite antenna StarLink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time.
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" x 8.5J Aluminum Alloy/Dark Gray Finish
    • Tires: P245/40 R18 97W Summer Performance
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Rocker Panel Extensions
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • Performance Design Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver's seat, height and tilt adjustable head restraints, front passenger seatback pocket and whiplash protection
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Checkered Cloth Upholstery -inc: red stitching
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Valet Function
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Turbo/Supercharger Boost, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L DOHC Intercooled Turbocharged -inc: Dual Active Valve Control System (ADVCS), variable valve timing, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) and SI-DRIVE engine performance management (automatic transmission models only)
    • Transmission: Continuously Variable w/Manual Shift -inc: High torque sport lineartronic, steering wheel paddle-shift control switches, 6-speed manual shift mode (I and S Mode) and 8-speed manual shift mode (S Mode)
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.4
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 268 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 2000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 104.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 180.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 93.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 24
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Subaru WRX
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40WR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40WR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - CVT
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.50 - 1.03
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.35
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.90
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.4 (Est)
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The Subaru WRX is a high-performance sedan based on the all-wheel-drive Impreza, with its roots in World Rally competition. It stuffs a twin-scroll turbocharged intercooled version of the 2.0-liter boxer engine into an Impreza shell, with a stiffened chassis and suspension. It uses either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT, the latter programmed to cruise like an automatic or shift and feel like a twin-clutch transmission.

There are competitors on the market, namely the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTI R, but they’re hatchbacks and more based on front-wheel drive. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 is dynamically a rival, but it’s considerably more expensive. The 2016 Subaru WRX starts at $27,390.

The WRX has been around since the turn of the century. It was last redesigned in 2015, when it was given a couple inches more room inside and outside.

For 2016, WRX gets a rearview camera, driver knee airbag, and 6.2-inch touch screen. The optional infotainment system is improved. Premium and Limited models get 18-inch wheels with summer tires for big grip. New safety features are available for 2016, including Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight, that incorporates pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist andlane-departure warning. It comes in a package with navigation, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot detection.

In crash tests, the WRX was all good, including a Top Safety Pick in the government’s new small-overlap test.

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Standard interior equipment includes automatic climate control, USB port, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, and Bluetooth. Options include heated front seats, sunroof, pushbutton start, and 9-speaker harman/kardon audio system with navigation and Aha Radio smartphone connectivity.

Walkaround

Subaru WRX looks big and boxy for a compact sedan, while the scoop on the hood shouts what it’s all about, and the pronounced fenders echo the sentiment. Almost all the sheetmetal is unique to the WRX, not borrowed from the similar but mundane Impreza. The grille, air dam, hood, fenders and headlights (LED on upgrade models) are all WRX only. The standard wheels are 17-inch alloys, but some models have 18-inchers that look more aggressive.

Interior

The flat-bottomed steering wheel is the first thing that catches your eye when you climb in the car. The manual sport seats are covered in a grippy fabric, so good that the optional leather not only isn’t necessary, it steals some of the car’s character. And most WRX owners won’t need power seats, as they’ll be the only one driving the car.

Forward visibility is good thanks to the hood scoop going shallow, not tall; and to slim A-pillars and a somewhat low shoulder line. There’s lots of elbow room up front. There’s reasonable space for two adults in the rear, but three will be pinched.

On the dash, there’s a cowl over the main gauges and a smaller cowl over the 6.2-inch touch screen. Vast expanses of black plastic come off handsomely, with matte-silver trim.

There’s high road noise inside, to remind you what kind of car you’re in.

There’s an average amount of storage space, even with generous bins and trays. The trunk is 12 cubic feet, and it opens to the cabin over the fold-down rear seats. This is where the hatchback WRX is missed.

Driving Impressions

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine makes 268-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque over a very broad range, from 2000 rpm to 5200 rpm. It is a tart performer; Subaru claims 0-to-60 in 5.4 seconds. It will arouse every joint in the car’s suspension, and use every gear in its box. There might be four of them, depending on how you count. The standard six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-step CVT. The center differential comes in two types, to go with the transmissions.

The six-speed mates with a viscous-coupling center differential that splits torque 50:50 front to rear, while being able to vary that split side-to-side as grip demands. The shifts are reasonably short.

The CVT isn’t a gearbox because there are no gears, just pulleys and belts that simulate gear changes. It’s the first CVT that Subaru has built, and it responds probably better than any CVT we’ve tested. In Intelligent driving mode, it constantly alters its gear ratio to deliver the best fuel mileage, an EPA-estimated 28 mpg Highway. In Sport manual mode, it allows the driver to paddle-shift through six pre-set ratios that act and sound like gears. In Sport Sharp mode, it responds like a dual-clutch transmission (for example the Volkswagen/Audi DSG), with eight virtual gears, as well as super-swift throttle response. With the CVT, the WRX gets a different all-wheel-drive system, one using a 45:55 front-rear torque split and more sensitive stability/traction control.

The WRX loves switchback situations. The electric power steering is tight and the handling composed. With firm shocks and springs, stouter brakes, and big anti-roll bars, it feels almost stiff on some road surfaces. Hard-core drivers might light up at this, but daily drivers might suffer from dampened enthusiasm. To add to the fun, there is electronic torque vectoring, or undetectable braking on individual wheels that helps turn the car into a corner.

The Ford Focus ST can match the WRX in acceleration and grip, but it doesn’t have the Subaru’s beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering. Part of that comes from the boxer design of the Subaru engine, with horizontally opposed cylinders that lie flat and low in the chassis, bringing down the center of gravity.

The standard 17-inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT 45-series tires seem well matched to the suspension, but the brakes in two WRXs we drove felt numb and demanded a strong leg. The brakes on the Focus are more fun.

Summary

The Subaru WRX has no match, as an all-wheel-drive bare-bones high-performance sedan, true to its competition roots. It’s got a great paddle-shifting CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration is awesome, handling is tight, and the ride is not too firm except over rough stuff.

Driving impressions are by Internet Brands Automotive Editorial Director Marty Padgett; New Car Test Drive correspondent Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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