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2019 Subaru WRX OVERVIEW
With its practical shape and commitment to safety on one side and its boost-loving engine and "brrr" exhaust note on the other, the 2019 Subaru WRX is to many a complete package. Subaru continues the fun with expanded feature availability and a limited edition trim level.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Subaru WRX receives expanded availability of infotainment features and safety equipment, including making EyeSight Driver Assist Technology standard on models with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Just 750 units of a unique trim called Series.Gray will be available – and only with a manual transmission.
Choosing Your Subaru WRX
Dreams of rally racers often begin with the WRX. It’s relatively inexpensive to buy, popular enough for readily available replacement parts, and its tried-and-true all-wheel-drive technology begs to fling some dirt.
The WRX is available only as a sedan and with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 268 horsepower as its boxer-layout barks out a distinctive exhaust note. This engine also makes 258 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 rpm all the way up to 5,200 which puts the permanent all-wheel-drive system to good use.
The base trim is only available with the six-speed manual transmission, however, the top two trims offer a CVT with shift paddles that oddly gets worse fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the manual wins with 21 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 combined versus the CVT’s ratings of 18/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The Subaru WRX comes in three trim levels: base WRX, Premium, and Limited.
The manual transmission suits the 2019 Subaru WRX best. Stick with the low entry point of the base trim and, thanks to the updated connectivity, the life of a rally driver just got that much more comfortable.
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