2018 Subaru WRX

 
2018 Subaru WRX
 
2018 Subaru WRX
 

2018 Subaru WRX

MSRP 
$27,855
Invoice 
$26,323
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 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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What You Will Like

The Subaru WRX and STi compete against a variety of machinery across several segments. The Subarus are fast and handle well, with the STi being competitive with sports cars such as the Nissan 370Z. However, the Subaru offers 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 under $28,000, while the more powerful STi has a base price just under $37,000.

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What's New For 2018

For 2018, Subaru has updated the WRX with revised front end styling. Handling is improved too, thanks to improved suspension tuning. A Performance Package is offered on the WRX as well. The STi has upgraded 6-piston Brembo brakes inside new 19-inch wheels.

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

$27,855

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

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Additional Equipment
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Dealer Installed Options
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L134 $10 $15
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L128 $10 $15
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA342L137 $10 $15
Unselected Includes: Part number B3110VA000, Tire Pressure Monitor System Valve Stem (DIO) Part number 28194SC000, Tire Pressure Monitor System Valve Screw (DIO) Part number 28192SA000, STI Wheel Center Cap (DIO) Part number 28821FE141 $1,166 $1,593
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Unselected Includes: Part number H630SFJ400 $7 $10
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ101 $77 $119
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ001 $162 $249
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG410 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG100 $110 $170
Unselected Includes: Part number J121SVA100 $129 $199
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SVA200 $130 $200
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SVA300, compass and Homelink $201 $310
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ001 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ101 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number J505SVA000 $64 $106
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SVA200 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number J505SAJ300 $1 $2
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SVA000 $31 $47
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFJ400 $52 $80
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567T100 $45 $70
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Unselected Includes: Part number J2010AG000JD $94 $144
Unselected Includes: Part number H7110SG000 $104 $160
Model Option
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Paint Scheme
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Port Installed Options
Unselected Includes: STI Shift Knob Part number C1010FG100, STI Performance Exhaust System (WRX) Part number D441SVA100, STI Short Throw Shifter (WRX) Part number C1010VA000, Black 17" STI Alloy Wheel Set (Dealer Installed) Dealers will install on vehicles w/pkg, Black Alloy wheel (4), Center Cap STI (4), TPMS Valve (4) and TPMS Screw (4)
*GROSS*
$2,576 $3,462
Unselected Includes: STI Shift Knob Part number C1010FG100, STI Short Throw Shifter (WRX) Part number C1010VA000 $435 $606
Unselected Includes: Center Armrest Extension - Black Part number J2010AG000JD, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SVA300, Rear Bumper Applique Part number E771SFJ600, Cargo Tray Part number J501SFJ400, Alloy Wheel Locks Part number B321SFG000 $492 $761
Unselected Includes: Center Armrest Extension - Black Part number J2010AG000JD, Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass & HomeLink Part number H501SVA300, Rear Bumper Applique Part number E771SFJ600, STI Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim Part number J121SVA100, Cargo Tray Part number J501SFJ400, Alloy Wheel Locks Part number B321SFG000 $639 $988
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA3991310 $49 $76
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Unselected Includes: Part number J101SVA000EN $129 $199
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Unselected Includes: Part number J101SVA000E2 $129 $199
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SVA000T2 $129 $199
Unselected Includes: Part number J101SVA000E4 $129 $199
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Unselected Includes: Part number C1010VA000 $316 $422
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Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020W6 $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020EN $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020TQ $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020E2 $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020T2 $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA801P020E4 $102 $158
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ101 $97 $150
Unselected Includes: Part number H631SFJ001 $210 $324
Unselected Includes: Part number C1010FG100 $119 $184
Unselected Includes: Part number J121SVA100 $147 $227
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ001 $132 $204
Unselected Includes: Part number H701SFJ101 $132 $204
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SVA200 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number J505SAJ300 $73 $121
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SVA000 $74 $122
Unselected Includes: Part number SOA567X050 $218 $336
Unselected Includes: Part number F551SVA000 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number J501SFJ400 $52 $81
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SVA200 $151 $233
Unselected Includes: Part number H501SVA300 $223 $344
Unselected Includes: Part number J2010AG000JD $103 $159
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*DISCOUNT*
($407) ($563)
Primary Paint
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Specifications for 2018 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
    • 3 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • 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, simple touch gesture high resolution display, 6.2" LCD screen, Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, rear-vision camera, SiriusXM All Access radio (subscription required), smartphone integration: AHA, Pandora and Starlink cloud applications, 6 speakers, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, USB port 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
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
    • 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
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P235/45 R17 97W Summer Performance
    • Wheels: 17" Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Performance Design Front Bucket Seats -inc: height adjustable driver's seat, height and tilt adjustable head restraints, front passenger seatback pocket and whiplash reducing
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 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 and Chrome/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
    • 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 (DAVCS), variable valve timing and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
    • 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) - 96.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.8
    • 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) - 21
    • 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 - P235/45WR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/45WR17
    • 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 - 7.6
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3272
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Subaru WRX Photos & Colors

Photos

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Available Colors

Below are the available colors for the 2018 Subaru WRX. Select the color to see a close-up view.

  • Crystal Black Silica Crystal White Pearl Dark Gray Metallic Ice Silver Metallic Lapis Blue Pearl Pure Red WR Blue Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Pure Red
  • WR Blue Pearl

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Introduction

The Subaru WRX is a high-performance version of the Impreza compact sedan, made so with substantial engineering changes, not just bolt-on parts. The engine is more powerful, the chassis is stiffened, and it has its own all-wheel-drive system. Unlike the Impreza, the WRX is not available as a popular five-door hatchback. For 2018, the WRX gets bigger air intakes in front, and painted brake calipers.

There is also a WRX STI model, that goes even farther, and makes fewer compromises for civility on the road. It has more features in the cabin, but the suspension is sharper and stiffer. It’s a bit faster, with an engine that is bigger and more powerful.

Neither the WRX nor STI are known for refinement, comfort, or convenience. Road noise is high. They are considered five-seaters, but only two people will be comfortable in the rear because the middle seat is slim and hard. The rear seat folds down for more cargo space, but the Impreza Sport or Crosstrek are better able to carry sports equipment.

Yet it was the Subaru Impreza WRX, along with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, that captured the imagination of enthusiasts through rallying, with performance coming from small but powerful engines, well-designed suspensions, and four-wheel drive. No one does this better than Subaru and the WRX makes the point. WRX, after all, is intended to stand for World Rally Championship.

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 Subaru CVT is as sharp as any we’ve tested, thanks to its design and programming. It 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 Plus rating, with the best scores across the board, including the difficult small overlap crash test. A rearview camera is standard.

Lineup

The 2018 Subaru WRX ($26,995) comes with manual transmission, steel wheels and base tires. WRX Premium ($29,295) and Limited ($31,595) offer the CVT as an option ($1200).

Standard equipment on the WRX includes cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped shifter, a 5.9-inch driver information screen perched atop the dash, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen for infotainment including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

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.

The higher performance WRX STI ($36,095) is only available with a manual transmission. WRX STI Limited ($40,895) adds leather and faux-suede upholstery, dual-zone climate control, fuller center console, and LED headlamps with turn signals on the sideview mirrors. The big rear wing can be deleted.

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. 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 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, only two passengers fit in the rear. Storage is better, with generous bins and trays, and 12 cubic feet in the trunk, about average for a compact sedan.

Driving Impressions

The WRX is livable on the street, reasonably relaxed and comfortable on the street. It’s plenty fast. 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.

It offers well-balanced cornering and precise electric power steering. The WRX likes transitions, and with its firm suspension and big stabilizer bars, it’s 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 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. 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 clearly more powerful and corners harder, but it also rides with some rigidity. It’s sharper and stiffer.

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

We can assume that Subaru buyers know that the WRX and STI are not the same as the everyday Impreza. They are proven and popular, not exactly cheap but well-priced for the power. They’ve been developed to the point where they’re both civilized, the WRX more than the STI. The cabins aren’t fancy, merely functional and without gimmicks.

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

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