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2017 Subaru WRX

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2017 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $26,695
2017 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $28,995
2017 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $30,995

Overview

The 2017 Subaru WRX is a smart looking vehicle with a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder under the hood that will appeal to anyone who wants a high performance vehicle that is exceptionally fun to drive. It can hold five passengers and is loaded with technology and safety features, making it a great car for everyday driving.

The base model WRX comes with a six-speed manual transmission; moving up to the Premium or Limited trim level adds the option of a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.

The 2017 WRX starts at $26,695 for a base mode and can range up to $36,810 for a fully loaded WRX Limited with the EyeSight package and a CVT automatic transmission.

What's New for 2017

The WRX was completely redesigned in 2015 so changes this year are minimal. An upgraded cloth headliner is new for all WRX models. Other minor changes include an auto-on sensor for the headlights and automatic up/down control for the front passenger window.

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Choosing Your Subaru WRX

All three trim levels of the WRX share the same 2-liter turbo-four engine that puts out 268 horsepower and manages a very respectable 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

The base model is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced all-wheel drive system. An automated continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available as a $1,200 option on higher trim levels.

Optional packages don’t really exist for the WRX—only the Limited trim offering ad-on packages. Accessories are available on all trim levels, though, and range from a performance exhaust system to more trivial items like carbon fiber trunk trim.

Standard equipment includes a 6.2-inch touchscreen that operates the audio system, Bluetooth accessories and a variety of music apps. A USB port also comes standard.

The WRX is available in three trim levels: Base, Premium and Limited.

Subaru WRX

Base

The WRX base model is only available with a six-speed manual and starts at a reasonable $26,695. Amenities include a sport-tuned suspension and four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist. The cloth interior is complemented with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. Automatic climate control is standard as is cruise control and a 6.2-inch touchscreen.

The sports package of accessories cost $2,899 and includes the STI performance exhaust system, STI short throw shifter, 17-inch black alloy wheels and an STI leather shift knob. The footwell illumination kit runs $202 and the door edge guides cost $147.

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Premium

The Premium starts at $28,995 and includes substantial upgrades that include 18-inch dark gray wheels, a power moonroof, windshield wiper de-icer, fog lamps, heated side mirrors and upgraded front seats that are sportier and heated.

The Premium is available with the standard six-speed manual or you can upgrade to the CVT for $1,200. An optional navigation system bumps the touchscreen up to 7 inches and adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a push-button start at a cost of $2,600.

Accesories range from body side molding ($265) to an auto-dimming mirror with a compass that costs $232.

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Limited

The top-of-the-line WRX Limited adds LED headlights, a powered driver seat and leather trim at a starting price of $30,995. Just like the Premium, this trim level is available as a manual six speed or with the $1,200 CVT.

The Limited offers Subaru’s EyeSight package but only if the CVT is selected. This package is a major upgrade and adds $3,795 to the price tag. EyeSight includes the upgraded touchscreen with navigation, blind spot detection with change assist, rear cross traffic alert as well as keyless access, pushbutton start and an upgraded stereo system.

The big benefit of the Eyesight package lies in its safety features, which include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, as well as lane departure and sway warning systems. The usual lineup of accessories is available for the Limited.

CarsDirect Tip

The WRX is fun to drive, and for most buyers the six-speed manual is the best way to wring every last ounce of performance out of the WRX. The Premium offers the best array of features for the money, unless safety is your top priority. In that case, the Limited with the optional EyeSight package is the way to go. While expensive, the added features will enhance protection for your family.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Since debuting in 2002 as a performance trim level for the Impreza, the Subaru WRX has been a dream of compact-car enthusiasts throughout the U.S. In 2015, the WRX became a standalone model with a new look but with the same level of desirability as before. We spent some time behind the wheel of the 2017 WRX and a summary of our findings is below.

Pricing and Equipment

Though they are among the most expensive compact cars on the market, performance compacts like the WRX offer a lot for the money. The base WRX starts out at $27,515 (delivery fees included) and comes standard with:

  • Seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheel
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Sport front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system with 6.2-inch touchscreen

In addition to the base trim level, the WRX has two other trims with extra goodies: Premium ($29,815) and Limited ($31,815).

Performance Pros

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Outstanding performance is what really makes the WRX great. It gets its attitude from a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or a sport-tuned continuously variable transmission (CVT).

  • Massive pop from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive for superb traction and perfect launches
  • Standard six-speed transmission to satisfy the traditionalist in us

Performance Cons

While it performs incredibly, the WRX doesn’t look like a real performer, and the suspension can be a little rough for a daily driver.

Interior Pros

We noted a marked improvement in the WRX’s cabin—an area that hasn’t been looked upon too favorably in recent years. There are more soft touch-points than ever before, and there is plenty of room for four adults. Further, a Top Safety Pick+ rating assures the WRX’s cabin is a safe space.

Interior Cons

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a performance car has a noisy cabin. However, we found the WRX a tad excessive in this department. The new models also lacks the roominess of the previous generation's hatchback body style.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Despite being tuned for performance, the features available with the WRX are impressive. Sure, the base model has all the goodies one would expect, but the upper trims and option packages can make the WRX pretty upscale.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We expect road noise in a performance sedan, but the WRX is a tad on the obnoxious side. Some buyers may enjoy this noise, but we see the WRX as a more adult compact sedan and expect things like road and wind noise to be kept to a minimum.

The Bottom Line

The Subaru WRX's pricing makes it a reality for many performance-car buyers. What’s more, its adult design language and available high-end features make it a great option for those who want the performance without the racer looks of the Civic Si or Focus ST.



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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 268 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L H-4 / 268 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
180.9 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
58.1 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.1 "
Front Legroom
43.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,272 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Gray Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 7 / 8 / 6 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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