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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.

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    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 base WRX starts at $28,080 (all prices include the $885 destination charge) and is only available with the manual transmission. There are several notable features like the new 6.5-inch touchscreen that connects with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Subaru’s StarLink apps, HD Radio, and SiriusXM and puts out sound through six speakers. Other creature comforts include single-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and aluminum covered pedals. There are no available feature packages, although there are many accessories ranging from a performance exhaust system ($1,770) to STI 17-inch wheels ($1,585).


    The WRX Premium trim is priced at $30,380 and brings a slightly larger seven-inch touchscreen with the same connected capabilities as the WRX base trim, 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a moonroof, heated front seats, and a heated windshield wiper park area. Buyers can upgrade to the CVT for $1,900, which also brings Subaru's EyeSight suite of active safety technologies and a simpler all-wheel-drive system. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane sway warning, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning and throttle management.

    A Performance Package is available for $2,050 and includes upgraded front brake pads, sport seats, and an eight-way power front driver seat while the moonroof takes a hike in the name of weight savings and a lower center of gravity. The package can only be had with the manual transmission, therefore, it cannot be equipped with the active safety tech.


    At the top of the hierarchy is the WRX Limited that starts at $32,680. It features active LED headlights, LED fog lights, proximity entry, automatic collision notification, remote services, and heated front seats with 10-way power adjustability for the driver.

    A single package is available for $2,100 that includes a 440-watt, nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping assist. When equipped with the CVT, and thus the EyeSight system, this package is an additional $300 as it gains reverse automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams.

    Series Gray

    The WRX continues the roll out of limited editions, and for 2019 it's the Series.Gray. Based off of the Premium trim, these 750 Series.Gray cars mix the performance package with features from the Limited such as the active LED headlights, LED fog lights, and proximity extry. Available only with the manual transmission, these khaki-gray cars with black-finished wheels debut at $33,480.

    CarsDirect Tip

    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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