Subaru offers the 2018 WRX in Premium and Limited trims. A WRX STI model is marketed separately. This sedan seats five and comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and your choice of manual or continuously variable automatic transmissions.
We selected the WRX Limited ($32,455, including an $860 destination charge) as our best value pick. It builds on the Premium model’s fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, moonroof, heated front seats, and seven-inch color display by adding LED headlights for improved visibility, keyless entry with push-button start, leather upholstery with a 10-way power driver's seat, and Subaru's StarLink telematics suite. At just $2,300 more than the WRX Premium, it's a solid bargain.
While we recommend the WRX with a six-speed manual transmission, the available continuously variable automatic is the only way to get Subaru's EyeSight active safety system. We aren't recommending this setup not only because the CVT isn't nearly as entertaining as the WRX's manual, but because getting EyeSight and the CVT drives the price up $4,500 ($1,200 for the transmission and $3,300 for the active safety gear). Ultimately, if safety is a major concern, consider the turbocharged Forester XT, which offers thrilling performance and active safety in a package that isn't as compromised by a CVT.
- Model: 2018 Subaru WRX Limited
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine
- Output: 268 hp/258 lb. ft.
- Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- MPG: 21 City / 27 Highway
- Options: N/A
- Base Price: $32,455 (including $860 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $32,455