2017 Subaru WRX

 
2017 Subaru WRX
 
2017 Subaru WRX
 

2017 Subaru WRX

MSRP 
$29,815
Invoice 
$28,129
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4, 268 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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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

$29,815

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Additional Equipment
Excluded Includes: AM/FM stereo HD Radio w/single-disc CD player w/MP3/WMA/CRR/RW file capability, multi-touch gesture high resolution 7.0" LCD display, voice activated controls, Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS), Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free text messaging connectivity, iPod control capability, iTunes tagging capability, rear-vision camera, SiriusXM All Access radio (subscription required), SiriusXM Travel Link (subscription required), dual USB ports, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, harman/kardon 440 watt equivalent amplifier, harman/kardon 9 speaker system (includes subwoofer) and roof mounted audio, satellite and connected antenna, StarLink enrollment cannot be applicable to Fleet Management Companies (FMCs) or to Commercial fleet accounts at this time, Smartphone Integration, AHA, Pandora, iHeart radio and MirrorLink $0 $0
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Specifications for 2017 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
    • 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
    • Wheels: 18" x 8.5J Aluminum Alloy w/Gray Finish
  • 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
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Turbo/Supercharger Boost, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Checkered Cloth Upholstery -inc: red stitching
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • 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
  • 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: 6-Speed Manual
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 4.11 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 4409# Gvwr
    • 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) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 27
  • 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 Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.45
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.30
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.64
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.11
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3322
  • 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 an Impreza that pumps iron, and the WRX STI is the Impreza on steroids. They go beyond the mere high-performance compact sedan. Each has its own version of a stiffened Impreza chassis, turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system. Both versions come as a sedan, a hatchback isn’t available.

The WRX uses a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that comes at 2000 rpm and lasts until 5200 rpm. It’s mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 6-speed manual uses all-wheel drive with viscous coupling at the center differential that splits power 50/50 front to rear, and is variable from side to side.

The CVT has eight steps that make it feel like a sequential automatic transmission in Sport Sharp mode, or six steps in Sport mode; it behaves more like a CVT in Intelligent mode. Its-all wheel drive splits power 45/55 front/rear, and moves it from side to side depending on traction needs. Additionally, the torque moves around between wheels based on cornering forces and steering-wheel inputs. There’s electric power steering, and naturally the suspension is sport tuned.

The WRX STI gets chassis bracing, a stiffer suspension with revised front geometry, 305-horsepower engine, its own 6-speed manual gearbox, bigger brakes, quick-ratio hydraulic-boost steering, and an edgy all-wheel-drive system that’s better for the track.

With the standard transmission, the WRX gets an EPA-rated 20/27/23 mpg City/Highway/Combined; it’s 2 mpg less with the CVT, which is unusual because CVTs are all about fuel mileage. However Subaru says in Intelligent mode the CVT delivers nearly 24 mpg combined. The STI is rated at 17/23/19 mpg.

The NHTSA hasn’t tested the WRX, but the IIHS give it its Top Safety Pick+ rating, with the best scores across the board, including the difficult small overlap crash test. A rearview camera is standard.

Lineup

The WRX comes in Base, Premium and Limited models. In addition to its higher performance, the STI adds leather and faux-suede upholstery, dual-zone climate control, fuller center console, and LED headlamps with turn signals on the sideview mirrors.

Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight safety suite is available on the WRX with the CVT. It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist.

Walkaround

In the WRX, only the roof and trunk lid remain from the Impreza; every other body panel is unique, including grille and bumpers. The front fenders are pronounced, the front air dam deep, the air intakes massive, the hood scoop big, and the wheels bigger. The headlamps are LED.

The STI is easily spotted by its giant wing on back. If that draws too much attention to the car, it can be ordered with a lower profile trunk spoiler like that on the WRX.

Interior

The cabin is straightforward, fairly roomy for a compact car, and adequately but inexpensively finished. The instrument panel isn’t fancy, but it’s functionally well designed, with simple intuitive controls, and a cowl over the main gauges and another smaller one over the LCD display in the center of the dash. There’s matte silver trim on the soft-touch low-gloss black plastic dash. The headliner is higher quality for 2017.

The WRX and STI aren’t known for refinement, comfort, and convenience. Tire and wind noise are high.

The WRX has grippy sport seats with fabric upholstery and manual adjustment, with leather and power optional. The STI gets pseudo-suede seats with big bolstering and Alcantara accents, as well as trim that’s a bit nicer. Realistically, there’s only room for two in the rear, as that middle person won’t be happy.

There are generous bins and trays, with an average trunk size of 12 cubic feet. The rear seat folds down for more cargo space, but if you carry sports equipment, go with the Impreza Sport or Crosstrek.

Driving Impressions

The STI is definitely more powerful and corners harder, but it also rides with some rigidity, so the WRX is more relaxed and comfortable on the street. It’s still plenty fast, while the handling is balanced and electric power steering is precise.

The WRX likes transitions, and with its firm suspension and big stabilizer bars, it’s plenty taut and composed. It’s got electronic torque vectoring, a system that applies the brakes on individual wheels to help the car turn into corners, and reduce understeer. The traction control can be disabled, if it feels intrusive during those most spirited driving times.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four engine, with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, is there when you need speed. It responds especially well because the torque is available from 2000 to 5200 rpm, thanks to the cams and valve springs. Because the cylinders are horizontally opposed, the engine is flatter and lower, dropping the center of gravity of the car and improving the balance, the key to Subaru’s good handling.

The all-wheel drive system depends on the transmission. The CVT can’t be called a gearbox, because there are no gears, just pulleys and belts that simulate the behavior of gears. The Subaru CVT is as sharp as any we’ve tested, thanks to its design and programming. In Intelligent mode, it constantly alters its ratio to produce the best gas mileage. In Sport manual mode, the driver can paddle-shift through six ratios that feel like gears. In Sport Sharp mode, it responds like a sequential automatic or dual-clutch transmission, with eight virtual gears and swift throttle response. In this mode it can accelerate from zero to sixty in 5.9 seconds.

The 6-speed manual gearbox offers fairly short throws. Its all-wheel drive uses a viscous-coupling center differential that splits torque 50/50, and moves it forward or back as traction demands. The setup is much quicker than the CVT, with zero to sixty times of 5.4 seconds.

Weak point to the WRX is brakes. The 17-inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tires are willing, but the brakes in the two cars we drove felt numb and needed a heavy foot to slow the car down.

The STI is another story. It’s sharper and stiffer, and its 2.5-liter turbo boxer four makes 37 more horsepower (305 hp) and 32 more foot-pounds of torque (290 ft-lb), but it’s not that much quicker in a straight line because of its gearing. Its 6-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive use a special driver-controlled central differential system, with a helical limited-slip front differential and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential. Its steering is quicker, with different front steering geometry and quick-ratio hydraulic steering. The brake issue is gone, with big Brembos front and rear.

Summary

The Subaru WRX and STI, two high-performance Imprezas, have been around a long time, and are popular and proven. They’re always fun to drive, and still turn heads. For the power you get, they’re well priced. They’ve been developed to the point where they’re both civilized, the WRX more than the STI, but you can still live with the STI on the street. The cabins aren’t fancy, but neither are they cheap, while they’re functional and intuitive without gimmicks.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

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