Subaru WRX
Subaru WRX
Subaru WRX

2019 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; some drivers feel that the CVT transmission isn’t sufficiently sporty

CG Says: The 2019 Subaru WRX adds standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and Reverse Auto Braking) to models with a CVT automatic transmission. There is also a new infotainment control system with Apple CarPLay/Android Auto functionality. A limited-edition Gray Series with unique trim in both the base WRX and WRX STI lines will be added midyear. Subaru is also adding a new STI S209 model with a 341-horsepower engine, upgraded chassis, and wider fenders. The STI S209 will be added late in the model year and production will be limited to 200 units. All other STI models now have 310-hp engines. Previously, base STI models were rated at 305 hp or 310 hp for the now discontinued STI Type RA. 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 on Premium and Limited models in addition to a 6-speed manual transmission. The sporty WRX STI boasts a turbocharged 2.5-liter four and comes solely with a 6-speed manual. Available safety features 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: $28,080
Premium: $30,380
Limited: $32,680
Gray Series: NA
STI: $37,480
STI Limited: $42,280
STI Gray Series: NA
STI S209: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (WRX)
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (STI)
Horsepower
310 (341 in STI S209)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

Subaru WRX STI
2019 Subaru WRX STI
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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