|Engine Size:||2.0 L|
|Transmission:||Automatic and Manual|
With its turbocharged power and tight handling, you’re guaranteed to have fun driving the 2017 Subaru WRX. The standard all-wheel drive is a solid bonus if you live in a wetter climate.
For this year’s model, the WRX receives reverse automatic braking as part of its optional EyeSight safety package. All WRXs now have automatic headlights and auto-up window switches for the front windows.
The 268 hp WRX and 305 hp WRX STI are powered by turbocharged, four-cylinder engines, and they still get decent fuel economy. You will make the most of this power with the extra traction provided by the WRX's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, precise steering and track-worthy handling. Unfortunately, this focus on performance comes at the detriment of some modern creature comforts.
The 2017 Subaru WRX is only available as a sedan. There are a total of five trim levels when you split up the standard WRX and the more powerful WRX STI. The standard WRX can be had in base, Premium and Limited trims; the WRX STI comes only in base and Limited trim levels.
The base WRX comes with 17-inch wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, a trunk-lid spoiler, cruise control, sport front seats with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, a 6.2-inch vehicle information display, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity and Subaru's Starlink six-speaker infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, CD player, USB and auxiliary inputs and smartphone app integration.
The WRX Premium adds 18-inch wheels fog lights, a sunroof, heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icers and heated mirrors.
The WRX Limited model adds yet more with an eight-way power driver seat, leather-trimmed upholstery, LED low-beam headlights, keyless ignition and entry and a 7-inch Starlink touchscreen.
The WRX Limited with a manual transmission can be had with navigation and the premium nine-speaker media system, plus optional blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert systems. Limited buyers who select the continuously variable transmission (CVT) can also get those features, plus Subaru's optional EyeSight front collision mitigation system. It includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking and lane departure warning/intervention systems, plus an electronic parking brake and steering-responsive fog lights that help illuminate corners and curves.
WRX STI base models come with all the WRX Premium items except the sunroof. The base STI also adds a more powerful engine, Brembo brakes, front and rear limited-slip differentials, driver-selectable modes for the center differential, a more aggressively tuned suspension and dual-zone automatic climate control.
For the standard WRX, power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder "boxer" engine that puts out 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a manual transmission are standard.
Every WRX model gets standard traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, a rearview camera, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning systems are optional.
In the WRX, Subaru has stressed performance rather than the interior. As a driver's car, the driving position is spot on, as are the firm sport seats. Thin roof pillars allow excellent outward visibility, and large side mirrors make it easy to see what’s going on to the sides and in back.