Subaru WRX

2018 Subaru WRX

Pros: Invigorating acceleration, especially with STI models; 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; available touchscreen system trails most competitors; some drivers feel that the CVT transmission isn’t sufficiently sporty

CG Says: The 2018 Subaru WRX has subtle front styling changes and retuned suspension. The manual transmission, shifter, and clutch have been revised for smoother gear changes. There is also more sound insulation for a quieter cabin. The STI Type Type RA is a new limited-edition high-performance model with reduced weight, an additional 5 horsepower, and high-performance suspension. The Subaru WRX is a sporty/performance compact sedan with standard all-wheel drive that features active torque vectoring to direct power to the wheel or wheels that need it most in any given situation. The WRX has a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and offers the option of a continuously variable transmission in addition to a 6-speed manual transmission. The sporty WRX STI boasts a 305-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter four (310 in STI Type RA) and comes solely with a 6-speed manual. Available safety features include Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and Reverse Auto Braking), blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. The base WRX is an intriguing performance-car value that has few direct competitors, and the updates and improvements of its 2015 redesign 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: $27,855
Premium: $30,155
Limited: $32,455
STI: $36,995
STI Limited: $41,755
STI Type RA: $49,880

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

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
3015 (310 in STI Type RA)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2018 Subaru WRX STI
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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