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2023 Subaru WRX

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2023 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $30,605
2023 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $33,105
2023 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $37,495
2023 GT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,395


What's New

There are no changes to Subaru’s WRX sedan for 2023, which means it continues as a four-trim one-engine range. Prices are up slightly on last year, with the Base model now starting at $31,625.

Choosing Your Subaru WRX

Subaru has made the WRX range quite easy to navigate, with four trim levels on offer. Three of these can be specified with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic known as the Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT). This costs $1,850 on base WRX models, $2,050 on Premium, and $2,250 on mid-range Limited models. The flagship GT model is SPT-only, costing $44,415 including destination, while the range starts at $31,625 for a manual Base model.

Engine Choices

There’s only one engine in the WRX, but it’s a good’un. This 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine generates 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, fed to all four wheels via either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined in manual models, with automatics dropping to 19/25/21.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
2.4 BOXER271 hp258 lb-ft19/26/22 mpg (manual), 19/25/21 mpg (auto)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater WRX sedan stands at 12.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place.

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Safety Features

The WRX is an astonishingly grippy vehicle, thanks to a combination of a well-sorted chassis, all-wheel drive, and customizable vehicle dynamics control including active torque vectoring. The standard safety kit encompasses automatic headlights with high beam assist, seven airbags, brake assistance, and cruise control. However, you’ll need to move up to Limited trim before features like blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alerts and steering-responsive LED headlights are fitted as standard, while reverse automatic braking is only available on Limited models fitted with SPT.


Infotainment isn’t the WRX Base’s strong suit, with a modest seven-inch touchscreen offering smartphone integration and satellite/HD radio output via a six-speaker stereo. It’s worth upgrading to Premium trim simply to benefit from the 11.6-inch multimedia system that offers touch controls for the climate as well as media devices. Limited and GT models receive TomTom navigation and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon speaker system, with the latter available as an option on Premium.

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2023 Subaru WRX Base – MSRP from $31,625

Living up to its name, the rather sparsely equipped Base WRX does at least come with power windows, locks, and side mirrors, plus remote keyless entry, automatic lights, and cruise control. Welcome lighting illuminates a cabin equipped with a leather-wrapped shift handle and steering wheel finished in red stitching, though you’ll have to adjust the cloth seats manually, and the climate control is single zone.

There are no packages available on this model.

2023 Subaru WRX Premium – MSRP from $34,125

Distinguished externally by dark gray 18-inch alloy wheels and LED fog lights, Premium models are the first to receive a push-button start and a windshield wiper de-icer. The heated front seats face a superior 11.6-inch infotainment screen capable of showing two displays at once. Other enhancements include a dual-zone climate with voice activation, heated outside mirrors, and USB charge ports in the rear center console. Specifying the SPT transmission introduces a transmission oil cooler.

The only option on Premium models is a $1,875 package blending a power moonroof with the 11-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

2023 Subaru WRX Limited – MSRP from $38,515

Limited models introduce vital safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane change assist, while navigation is another welcome upgrade. The seats are clad in Ultrasuede trim and the driver benefits from 10-way power adjustment including lumbar, while everyone can enjoy the 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a power moonroof. Adding the SPT transmission additionally brings reverse automatic braking.

No packages are available on this model.

2023 Subaru WRX GT – MSRP from $44,415

Aimed at keen drivers, GT models are unique in packing electronically controlled dampers and a Drive Mode that can adjust everything from steering feel to the aforementioned damper settings. Recaro seats are another notable addition, while the inclusion of adaptive cruise control and auto hill hold are very welcome.

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Limited models offer welcome safety enhancements over lesser trims, while it’s not worth paying $6,000 extra for a GT unless you’re a highly enthusiastic driver.

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Expert Review

  • Responsive powertrain
  • Joy to drive
  • Loads of available safety features
  • Great all-wheel drive system
  • Four-cylinder drinks like a V8
  • Why buy a GT trim
  • Small trunk
  • Somewhat objectionable styling
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Surprisingly comfortable. Prior to its major redesign for the 2022 model year, the Subaru WRX was known for its harsh ride and eager-to-slide driving dynamics. The 2023 model is far less of a handful to drive, and the ride is surprisingly smooth, although it’s a bit harsher with GT trim’s adaptive dampers. However, you could argue that the rattly and unpredictable nature of the older WRX is what gave it its charm.

GT is a puzzling buy. The aforementioned fancy adaptive dampers that come on the GT trim don’t improve the handling enough to justify the decreased ride quality. However, upgrading to the GT also earns you Recaro seats, a larger selection of drive modes, and 18” wheels.

Those certainly are nifty gadgets, but the GT’s starting price of $44,615 pushes it into Civic Type R or Golf R territory; two cars that will run circles around the Subaru (in dry weather at least). Curiously, the WRX’s most performance-oriented trim is only available with a continuously variable automatic as well.

Agile handling. The WRX feels poised and offers responsive turning feedback. The horizontally opposed engine layout contributes to a low center of gravity, and the optional Brembo brakes provide excellent stopping power. Subaru has been making all-wheel drive performance cars for a long time, and it shows in the driving dynamics.

Subaru safety. Although we’re still awaiting ratings from the NHTSA, the IIHS has given the 2023 WRX the distinction of Top Safety Pick+. Although the manual models still benefit from excellent crash protection all around, you’ll need the CVT to take advantage of Subaru’s EyeSight safety and driver assistance suite, which includes automatic forward emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. An optional emergency steering system can automatically swerve to avoid crashes below 50 mph.

Functional interior. Although the WRX stopped sharing a name with the Impreza a decade ago, there’s still evidence of its influence in the cabin. Durable hard plastics are plentiful, as well as design cues from the rest of the Subaru fleet. However, the WRX adds nifty performance touches like metal pedals, extra seat bolstering, and a comfortable race-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel. Interior storage options are numerous too, which helps compensate for the unimpressive 12.5 cubic feet of space in the trunk.

Solid value (excluding GT trim). Subaru isn’t exactly known for packing standard features into their base models, but they don’t totally leave you out to dry with the WRX. The entry-level model comes standard with a 7.7” touchscreen, manual sport bucket seats, cloth upholstery, and automatic hi-beams, with a starting price of $31,625. We reckon the next step-up Premium is the way to go, which adds Subaru’s lovely 11.6” touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, Bluetooth, StarLink, LED fog lights, a rear spoiler, and 18” wheels for $34,125.

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Strong power delivery. The WRX does a good job getting its 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to the ground when fitted with either transmission option. There is enough turbo lag to be perceivable, but not enough to have a discernable impact on responsiveness. The manual box has a nice notch to it and encourages adventuring high into the torque curve.

Unimpressive fuel economy. The WRX is in an interesting spot when it comes to fuel economy. On the one hand, it has a small displacement engine, but it’s also turbocharged, all-wheel drive, and is geared for performance. It’s at its thriftiest when paired with the manual, which is rated at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. The CVT is only slightly less efficient, with a 19/25/21 rating.

Semi-polarizing styling. Most of the WRX is styled rather conservatively. It appears to be a relatively normal sporty sedan from the rear wheels up, but its rear end is far less agreeable. It’s like the Subaru engineers put all of the old WRX’s pent-up aggression into the silly rear diffuser. It’s as tasteful as it is functional.

Final thoughts. The 2023 Subaru WRX fulfills a relatively small automotive niche. If you want a budget-friendly (assuming you shy away from the GT trim) sport sedan with the grip and capability of all-wheel drive, then there’s no better choice. Granted, there are no other choices, but the WRX is a compelling entry.

However, if you don’t need all those boxes to be checked, there are better options. Don’t need all-wheel drive? Consider the Hyundai Elantra N. Feel compelled to spend $45k on a WRK for some reason? The Honda Civic Type R is a far more dynamic car.

That being said, the WRX does a lot of things right and can be a safe and sensible daily driver while putting a smile on your face.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L H-4 / 271 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L H-4 / 271 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
183.8 "
Exterior Width
71.9 "
Exterior Height
57.8 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
43.1 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,297 Lbs. / 3,431 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Prevention Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Centering Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Eyesight Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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