The 2015 Subaru WRX is a compact sport sedan that’s inspired by Subaru’s successful international rallying efforts. Built on the foundation of the Subaru Impreza, the WRX has distinctive design and powertrain features.
The Subaru WRX is all new for the 2015 model year. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 WRX, which is available in base, Premium and Limited trims. The WRX STI has a larger, more powerful four-cylinder engine, along with two trims, base and Limited. All WRX models come with standard all-wheel drive.
As compared to the Subaru Impreza, the 2015 WRX has a different hood, front fenders, doors, quarter panels, bumpers and headlight and taillight designs.
The result is an aerodynamic, wide-body look that’s enhanced by a functional hood scoop and front fender vents. Also standard are 17-inch wheels, LED taillights, powered exterior mirrors and halogen headlights. Heated sideview mirrors are standard in the WRX Premium trim and higher, as are fog lights, a power moonroof and rear spoiler. In the Limited, LED low-beam headlights are standard, while the STI adds 18-inch wheels and a comprehensive aerodynamics package to the exterior, including a large rear wing.
All WRX models have premium cabins with features such as a flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control and performance-style front seats. Other sporty standard details include aluminum-alloy pedal covers. Trunk capacity in all trims is 12 cubic feet.
The front seats in the WRX Premium are heated, and the seating for the WRX Limited is trimmed in leather. Limited models further provide eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seats. For the STI, Alcantara seating surfaces are standard and set off by red-and-black leather bolsters and red contrast stitching.
The WRX emphasizes sharp handling with sophisticated suspension, braking and all-wheel-drive technologies.
The standard powertrain for the 2015 WRX combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, providing drivers with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), with a manual shifting mode and paddle shifters, is optional. The WRX STI relies on a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission for the STI.
EPA ratings for the WRX can reach 21/28 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission or 19/25 mpg with the CVT. The WRX STI has fuel-economy grades of 17/23 mpg.
The 2015 WRX is well-equipped with standard audio technology, starting with a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming and satellite radio. A 4.3-inch LCD multifunction display is also included, which serves as the screen for a standard rearview camera system.
The optional navigation system for the WRX Premium and Limited provides a 6.1-inch display screen, voice recognition, hands-free text messaging, Aha smartphone app integration, and a 440-watt Harman Kardon audio system with nine speakers.