2017 Subaru WRX

Pros: Invigorating acceleration, especially with STI model; tenacious handling with confidence-inspiring, all-weather capability of all-wheel drive; improved all-around refinement compared to previous-generation models

Cons: Stiff ride, especially with STI; cramped rear seat; hatchback body style is no longer offered; available touchscreen system trails most competitors; some drivers feel that the CVT transmission isn’t sufficiently sporty

CG Says: The 2017 Subaru WRX is now available with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and Reverse Auto Braking. Blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert are newly available on the base WRX STI. The WRX has a 268-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and offers the option of a continuously variable transmission in addition to a 6-speed manual transmission. The WRX STI boasts a 305-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four and comes solely with a 6-speed manual. The base WRX is an intriguing performance-car value that has few direct competitors, and the recent updates and improvements make it more compelling. The WRX STI’s higher price, seriously stiff ride, and raucous nature make it best suited for serious performance enthusiasts who are willing to forgo some comfort and practicality for extra speed and agility.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels All-wheel drive
Manufacturer Subaru
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $26,695
Premium: $28,995
Limited: $30,995
STI Base: $35,195
STI Limited: $39,995

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower
305
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23