2016 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: Following their redesign last year, the 2016 WRX and WRX STI gain an upgraded infotainment control screen. Newly available safety features include blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert. WRX Premium and Limited models have revised front suspension, while the WRX STI gains a new Series.HyperBlue model with unique trim. 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: $26,595
Premium: $28,895
Limited: $30,395
STI Base: $34,695
STI Series.HyperBlue: $38,995
STI Limited: $39,995

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

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

2016 Subaru WRX STI