Aha infotainment smartphone integration is made standard on models with the optional navigation radio.
Which Impreza WRX is the Best?
The base Impreza WRX model is the best deal. The STI may offer the best performance, but its $35,000-plus price puts it into used BMW and Porsche territory. The base WRX offers plenty of power, doesn't have a rigidity-weakening sunroof cutting into its roof and comes nicely equipped with the features most drivers want. With a price starting at about $27,000, you can take the extra couple of grand you'd spend for leather seats and a power sunroof (Limited trim) and install a really nice aftermarket audio system.
The WRX and WRX STI are offered in two body styles (sedan and hatchback) and five trims: WRX, WRS Premium, WRX Limited, STI and STI Limited.
The WRX sedan and hatchback ($26,790) come standard with power windows, locks and mirrors, sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, 5-speed manual transmission, AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth streaming and iPod/USB integration, rear spoiler (hatchback), dual exhaust, automatic climate control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and cruise control. Hatchbacks also include a rear wiper/washer.
The WRX Premium sedan and hatchback ($29,290) add heated seats, heated side mirrors and windshield de-icer, fog lights, a power sunroof and a rear spoiler (sedan).
The WRX Limited sedan and hatchback ($30,290) add leather seating and HID headlights.
The WRX STI sedan ($35,290) brings a more powerful engine, 6-speed manual transmission, multimode driver-controlled center differential, Brembo brakes, SI-Drive and adjustable VDC stability and traction control with Track Mode.
The WRX STI hatchback ($37,290) adds BBS wheels and a stiffer suspension.
The WRX STI Limited sedan ($38,640) adds leather seating and a power sunroof.
A 7-speaker navigation radio is optional on the Limited and STI trims.
All WRX and WRX STI models come with front-seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, electronic traction and stability control and Incline Start Assist, which keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when starting off on an incline of more than five degrees. The STI is equipped with Brembo performance brakes for better stopping power.
The Impreza on which the WRX is based excels in both independent and government crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the WRX four out of five stars in both the front- and side-impact crash test, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety chose it as a Top Safety Pick.
2022 Subaru Impreza WRX vs the competition
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution -- The Mitsubishi is the top-end performance rival of the WRX STI. The Evolution's ride is a bit harsher, and it only comes in sedan form, but its interior is better equipped, with such options as Recaro seats and a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Volkswagen GTI -- The GTI doesn't offer all-wheel drive, and its turbo engine isn't as powerful as the WRX's, but the GTI's ride is far more civilized -- as is its Audi-like interior -- and it's still a blast to drive.
Audi A3 -- For about the same money as the STI, you can get into a 200-hp turbocharged A3 with quattro all-wheel drive, a premium name and an exterior that doesn't scream "boy racer."
Looking for a Used Subaru Impreza WRX ?
The Subaru Impreza WRX has always been a winner due to its all-wheel drive, and the Impreza offers more go-anywhere capabilities than any of its competitors, while also offering more sure-footed performance in inclement weather conditions. The downside to all-wheel drive has classically been fuel economy, but Subaru has managed to sidestep that problem with its optional CVT automatic transmission, which can vary the gear ratios on the fly to maximize efficiency at all times. With the largest selection of cars from dealers and private sellers, Autotrader can help find the perfect Impreza WRX for you.
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