The retail price of my WRX was right around $27,500, for a base model with one option: the short-throw STI shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission. I was able to purchase for less than that, but even at sticker price their still is not a competitor for value if your priorities are:
- Value considering price / performance / quality / safety / reliability / economical
- 4-door practicality with plenty of back seat room and trunk space
- All Wheel Drive (full-time AWD, not part-time)
- 5-star safety in all categories
- proven reliability
- superb handling
- plenty of power
- fun to drive
- great fuel economy for a car with this much power (268 hp / 258 lb ft of torque)
(EPA ratings 21 city / 28 hwy; Over the life of my car I am averaging just under 25 in mixed driving. When I am cruising at highway speeds it gets 30-33 mpg). You can easily find a car with better fuel economy, but not that is this fun to drive....more
Bluetooth connectivity has remained an issue. Subaru will not voluntarily update ECU to latest version unless codes show up.
I am not a so called automotive journalist on payroll , I am merely an informed driver of this fine automobile .
I have read many opinions on the characteristics of this car , as in life itself there are the lovers and there are the haters.
Consider me to be the lover of WRX....more
Has the predictability of some of the higher end vehicles a pleasure to drive one if you are a fan.
Generally difficult to have the inventory all dealers want, this translates to frustration for both consumers and dealers to fill needs.
The WRX is getting better and better each generation as most cars do. The 2015 factory tune needs more tweaking for smoother power delivery. You can throw this car around anything and I mean anything. Once you get the Dunlop OEM tires up to temp the car will do everything you command.....until the Dunlops get mushy which is quickly after warmup. The cable connected 6speed shifter is kinda junk with a abundance of slop. The everyday driver probably wont mind unless he or she has driven a Civic Si which has the holy grail of shifters. Gas economy for a car this size and power abilities is outstanding. I average 32-34mpg when commuting to work 38 miles one way at a 60-70mph speed. The longevity of the engine will tell the truth once people start hitting the 150k + marks. The pistons should be able to handle more power than the EJ series motors but then again Subaru made even the rod journals even smaller this go around and still no pins or keys to keep them from spinning. I am shocked that they still wont put a super strong forged rod/piston combo in these turbo boxers. At least they ditched the timing belt. Too bad you wont save any money of maintenance for the direct injection will require walnut media blasting of the intake ports on a periodic level, probably every 40k or so. The oil change intervals have also dropped to every 6k or 3k depending on use. My Subaru dealer charges $72 for Subaru synthetic oil.filter change along with some other stuff.
Over all I am impressed with the package. They should offer a power drivers seat in the premium level that does not require leather. At least a 6 way manual seat....more
Power, great MPG, super handling, much improved interior,
Very bad entry radio, only offer black wheels, no factory oil catch system, 3k mile severe oil interval, No 100k powertrain warranty(get with modern times)
Don't even think about buying a WRX with a CVT!! If you're shopping for a WRX make sure you get the manual transmission otherwise you're just missing out on everything the car is all about. Sure it still has power and handles, but it's just 10% of the fun without a manual transmission. I'm so glad Subaru went back to the right styling with the new WRX and even though I wish it looked more like the concept, it's at least aggressive for a four-door car. As expected it handles like a bat out of hell with its AWD and there's plenty of performance and you can get tons more with all the parts that companies are already making for it. The interior is comfortable and nice, love the sound of the engine....more
Performance, handles great, looks great
WHY IS THERE A CVT OPTION
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