All-new for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Impreza prioritized adding safety technologies over boosting dynamic prowess. Good thing the Subaru WRX is here to handle the latter point. Powered by a turbocharged engine and equipped with plenty of performance features, the WRX is more than just an Impreza with a hood scoop.
What's New for 2018
The WRX is new for 2018 and features a redesigned front fascia, more safety technologies, updated interior materials, rear seat armrest cup holders, new roof rack mounting brackets, and additional options such as racing-inspired seats and a Performance package option.
Choosing Your Subaru WRX
As with every Subaru sold in the United States, the WRX is equipped with a standard all-wheel-drive system. But unlike the Impreza, there is no WRX hatchback for buyers seeking more versatility.
Under the hood, the WRX uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment while a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters is available as an option (you want the manual).
For 2018, manual transmission models see a one mile per gallon improvement in city driving with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. Fuel economy for CVT-equipped vehicles remains unchanged with an EPA rating of 18 city, 24 highway, and 21 combined. Subaru recommends premium fuel.
Active torque vectoring should keep the WRX moving in the intended direction, while a retuned front and rear suspension and revised electric power steering improve stability and steering feel, respectively.
The 2018 WRX is available in three trims.
With a reputation for safety and reliability, one can’t fault Subaru for loading its best features into its most expensive trim. That being said, the WRX generally appeals to those looking for a more spirited driving experience over the Impreza, and the Premium model with Performance package will meet those needs – and still offer wiggle room to add an STI-branded accessory or two. Buyers who want top performance and safety, though, will have no choice but to pay top dollar for a Limited and the added package.
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