2017 Subaru WRX Review

2017 Subaru WRX photo
  1. Original MSRP$26,695 - $39,995
  2. Fuel Economy20/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2017 Subaru WRX Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Subaru WRX photo
  1. Original MSRP$26,695 - $39,995
  2. Fuel Economy20/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/13/2017)

The 2017 Subaru WRX is a top pick if you’re in the market for a performance sedan with an affordable price tag. While its cabin isn’t quite as refined as those found in certain rivals, this sport compact impresses with scalpel-sharp reflexes and a pair of heroic engines.

The WRX gets a handful of upgrades for 2017. The model’s lineup of available driver-assistive features is expanded with reverse automatic braking. This system quickly discerns if there are obstacles in your path when reversing, and it applies the brakes if it determines a collision is imminent. The list of standard equipment also grows to include automatic headlights and auto-up window switches for front windows.

The 2017 Subaru WRX seats five and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Five trims are available: base WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI and WRX STI Limited.


The WRX’s sheet metal telegraphs its performance capabilities. In front, standard halogen headlights border an assertive grille and overlook a standard underspoiler. The side view spotlights a sleek profile with body-colored power side mirrors. In back, the WRX’s standard LED taillights rest beneath a standard low-profile trunk spoiler.

Base models come with 17-inch wheels, an exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets, a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and a rear underspoiler. Available features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors and a sunroof.


The WRX’s cabin likely won’t impress you with its design or the quality of materials used, but there is good visibility and the controls are easy to navigate. The trunk accommodates a mere 12 cubic feet. Certain rivals offer much more room for your belongings.

Base WRX models come with a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, performance-design front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, aluminum-alloy pedal covers and a digital trip computer. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.


The 2017 Subaru WRX delivers a thrilling and rewarding driving experience, and its standard all-wheel drive gives it an added measure of control. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims, and WRX Premium and WRX Limited models may be equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The WRX is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine providing 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine achieves fuel economy of 20/27 mpg city/highway when equipped with manual transmission and 18/24 mpg with the CVT. WRX STI and WRX STI Limited models come with a turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine offering 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. This engine’s fuel economy stands at 17/23 mpg city/highway.


Base WRX models feature Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch screen, as well as satellite radio, HD radio, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system. You can upgrade your WRX with navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, a Harman Kardon sound system, dual USB ports and keyless access with push-button start. The list of available driver-assistive technologies includes blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • WR Blue Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Pure Red
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Body style

  • Sedan
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 8.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 235/45r17 97w
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Lip
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Stainless-steel
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Quad Tip
  • Grille Color: Black
  • Bumper Detail: Front Underguard/Rear Underguard
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Headlight Bezel Color: Chrome
  • Hood Scoop
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 70.7 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 4.9 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 13.5 Degrees
  • Width: 78.9 Inches
  • Length: 180.9 Inches
  • Height: 58.1 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 60.6 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3272 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 16.1 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 60.2 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Front Center
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Dash Trim: Simulated Carbon Fiber
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Door Trim: Leatherette
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Foot Pedal Trim: Aluminum Alloy
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM Ready
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display
  • Internet Radio App: AHA/Pandora/Stitcher/IHeartRadio
  • Infotainment: STARLINK
  • Seats

  • Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
  • 6-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • 4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 96.6 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 52.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 55.6 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 53.1 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 35.4 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 43.3 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 39.8 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 37.1 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 12 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 54.2 Inches
  • Telematics systems

  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Satellite Communications: Voice Guided Directions
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth


  • Drivetrain

  • 4WD Type: Full Time
  • Axle Ratio: 4.11
  • Center Differential: Viscous
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Tuned Suspension: Sport
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Rear Struts
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 268
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Manual
  • Type: M
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.32
  • Turning Circle: 35.4
  • Fuel Efficiency

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City: 20
  • Highway: 27
  • Combined: 23


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/60000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months/0 Miles


Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Impact Absorbing Seats: Dual Front
  8. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  9. Camera System: Rearview
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Impact Sensor: Fuel Cut-off
  14. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  15. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  16. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  17. Safety Brake Pedal System
  18. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  19. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  20. Brake Assist: Standard
  21. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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