Great bang for the buck; AWD traction; impressive fuel economy; choice of powerful turbocharged engines; comfortable sport seats; standard EyeSight driver assist on CVT models.
A lot of road and wind noise inside the cabin; firm ride on STI; no hatchback model
For 2019, the WRX adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its standard equipment list, as well as EyeSight on models equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). A new Series.Gray trim will be offered with a limited run of 1,000 vehicles. The WRX STI gets a new air intake and a high-performance exhaust system, helping boost horsepower from 305 to 310hp, and a revised third gear ratio for quicker acceleration. See the 2019 Subaru WRX models for sale near you
Unless you're a diehard track enthusiast, we'd say the WRX is the preferable choice over the STI. It has plenty of power and offers the option of an automatic transmission and the EyeSight driver-assist feature. Overall, it's a realistic daily driver that costs less. Find a Subaru WRX for sale
The WRX and the WRX STI offer five different trim options: WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI and WRX STI Limited. The limited edition Series.Gray models are offered as an option on the Limited trim cars.
The base WRX ($28,080) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 17-in alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, hill-start assist, steering-wheel controls for audio and Bluetooth, cruise control, aluminum alloy pedal covers, a STARLINK 6.5-in touchscreen, AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM radio with six speakers and USB/iPod integration, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, illuminated power window switches, electric-assist power steering, automatic climate control, power windows, heated power mirrors, power door locks, sport seats, a rear backup camera and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
The WRX Premium ($30,380 manual, $32,280 CVT automatic) adds the All-Weather package (heated seats, heated side mirrors and windshield de-icers), fog lights, 18-in wheels, illuminated vanity mirrors, a power sunroof, 7-in touchscreen audio, a low-profile trunk spoiler and the SI-DRIVE performance-management system with two manual shifting modes (6-speed and 8-speed) and steering-wheel paddle-shift control switches (automatic only). CVT equipped models also come with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist and collision avoidance system standard.
The WRX Limited ($32,680 manual, $34,580 CVT automatic) adds a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, leather seating, LED low-beam steering responsive headlights and welcome lighting.
The WRX STI ($37,480) brings a more powerful 2.5-liter engine, hydraulic power steering, LED low-beam headlights, auto on/off headlights with wiper activation, 19-in alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, front and rear center limited-slip differentials, Subaru's Driver Controlled Center Differential and fog lights, but no sunroof.
The WRX STI Limited ($42,280) includes Recaro seats with an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic on/off headlights, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, a power sunroof, keyless entry with push-button starting, navigation and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Buyers can choose between the traditional tall STI trunk-lid spoiler or a low-profile spoiler.
Options for the WRX Premium include the Performance Package that adds Recaro front seats, Jurid brake pads and a deleted moonroof. A blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert can be added to manual transmission-equipped models. The Limited trim offers the navigation and Harman Kardon upgrade, as well as keyless access and push-button starting, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist. CVT equipped models gain more from the package including Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist. There are also numerous dealer-installed options, including a performance exhaust and a short-throw shifter kit.
The Series.Gray ($3,100) package varies in content depending on the model. On the WRX, the package adds to the Premium trim Cool Gray Khaki paint, 18-in black wheels, the contents of the Premium Performance package with a moonroof delete and the addition of LED steering responsive headlights, LED fog lights and push-button start. On the WRX STI, the Series.Gray package adds to the Limited 19-in black alloy wheels, silver finished Brembo brake calipers, Bilstein STI suspension and unique interior seats and stitching.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Volkswagen Golf R -- Volkswagen's AWD Golf R is a rival worthy of a test drive. The R has a much nicer interior, better navigation and audio systems and a more livable ride. On a track, however, the WRX STI is still the more desirable car.