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2017 Subaru WRX 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.
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.
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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