2017 Subaru WRX

Starting MSRP: $26,995 - $39,995

Estimated MPG: 20 city / 27 hwy

2017 Subaru WRX Review

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.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

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.

Exterior

Exterior

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.

Interior

Interior

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.

Performance

Performance

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.

Technology

Technology

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.