2017 Subaru WRX

Buyer's Guide

While some manufacturers’ motorsports endeavors focus on race tracks, Subaru cut its teeth and built its reputation in some of the harshest conditions out there in rally car racing. The WRX and WRX STI are the direct descendants of these rally cars, and deliver a thrill-a-minute performance that few other affordable small cars can match.

Based on the Impreza sedan, these siblings put emphasis on performance and function over graceful styling and amenities, though interior refinement has been significantly improved with the current generation car. The WRX continues to be offered in two strengths: WRX and extra-potent WRX STI.

The WRX features a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder with 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which provides enough acceleration to handily out-pace its rivals from Volkswagen, Ford, and Mini. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, or a CVT with up to eight “ratios” to mimic a traditional automatic transmission. For 2017, the six-speed manual has been upgraded to improve shift feel.

The WRX STI gets a monster of a four-cylinder engine; 305 hp and 290 lb-ft are at your right foot’s discretion. There’s no CVT here, just a six-speed manual transmission.

Both the WRX and WRX STI feature Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for all-weather traction, and have selectable drive modes. The WRX STI also boasts multi-mode driver controlled centre differential, inverted KYB shock absorbers, plus standard Brembo brakes.

Both variants of the WRX are available in three trim lines: standard, Sport, and Sport-tech. For 2017, all models now receive an auto up/down passenger’s side power mirror, plus a new cloth headliner with a more refined fabric weave.

Although the WRX and WRX STI boast addictive performance and near-telepathic handling, these rally-inspired machines are also reasonably equipped. Heated sports seats come standard, as do alloy pedals, a chunky flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and a 6.2-inch display audio system with smartphone integration and reverse camera. Enkei wheels are featured on the WRX and WRX STI; the former uses 17-inchers, while the latter gets bigger 18-inch units.

Sport trims double down with more content including a power driver’s seat, sunroof, LED headlamps, fog lights, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection. The STI adds the signature high-profile rear spoiler, too.

Sport-techs add leather, proximity key with push-button start, a larger 7.0-inch display audio system with navigation, premium 440-watt sound system and 18-inch Enkei wheels. The WRX STI Sport-tech’s wheels are forged and made by BBS. New for 2017, Sport-tech trims get Siri Eyes-Free, and Mirror Link for Android phones, plus Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic integration for the navigation system.

Pricing for the WRX starts at $29,995, with the WRX Sport-tech selling for $36,095. The WRX STI sells for $37,995 and tops out at $45,395 for the WRX STI Sport-tech.

2017 Subaru WRX Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $29,995 MSRP
9.9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
268 hp @5600 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn Man $29,995 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Man 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn Man
4dr Sdn Man Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn Man
4dr Sdn Man
4dr Sdn CVT $31,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn CVT 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn CVT 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn CVT
4dr Sdn CVT Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn CVT
4dr Sdn CVT
4dr Sdn Sport Man $32,795 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Sport Man 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Sport Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn Sport Man
4dr Sdn Sport Man Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn Sport Man
4dr Sdn Sport Man
4dr Sdn Sport CVT $34,095 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Sport CVT 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Sport CVT 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn Sport CVT
4dr Sdn Sport CVT Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn Sport CVT
4dr Sdn Sport CVT
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man $36,095 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man Leather Seats
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man
4dr Sdn Sport-tech Man
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT $37,395 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT 268 hp @5600 rpm 258 ft-lb @2000 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT Leather Seats
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT
4dr Sdn Sport-tech CVT
4dr Sdn STI Man $37,995 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn STI Man 305 hp @6000 rpm 290 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn STI Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn STI Man
4dr Sdn STI Man N/A
4dr Sdn STI Man
4dr Sdn STI Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man $40,795 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man 305 hp @6000 rpm 290 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man N/A
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man $45,395 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man 305 hp @6000 rpm 290 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man 180.9" 70.7" 58.1" 104.3"
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man Leather Seats
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man
4dr Sdn STI Sport-tech Man

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