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MSRP: $26,295 - $38,495
Invoice: $24,817 - $36,355
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Subaru WRX Review

The 2015 Subaru WRX ranks 2 out of 12 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Subaru WRX, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers say the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX is incredibly fun to drive thanks to its robust engine, nimble handling and standard all-wheel drive.

Auto writers think the 2015 Subaru WRX’s powerful and responsive turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers brisk acceleration. They love the standard six-speed manual transmission for its crisp shifts, and say the optional automatic (CVT) makes good use of the engine’s power. Equipped with a manual transmission, the WRX gets an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway, which isn’t as good as the fuel economy ratings achieved by rivals like the Volkswagen GTI. Test drivers say the 2015 WRX has sharp steering and corners confidently with terrific body control and impressive grip, thanks in part to its standard all-wheel drive. Reviewers agree that the WRX has a firm ride, but they think it’s still comfortable enough to be a daily driver.

Reviewers report that the 2015 Subaru WRX’s cabin features humdrum materials and its design is uninspired. The front seats are well-bolstered, long-haul comfortable and offer great visibility, they add. Auto writers are also impressed with how easy it is to find a comfortable driving position and say there’s ample legroom for rear-seat passengers. The 2015 WRX’s trunk is somewhat small for the class, but some automotive journalists think there’s still sufficient space for cargo. Standard features include a six-speaker CD sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth and HD Radio. Available features include a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, voice-controlled navigation, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start. Test drivers say the optional navigation system has confusing on-screen menus, which can make it difficult to access some audio settings.  

  • "The redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX reclaims its place as a sport compact performance benchmark. It's got the power and handling that few can match. Overall refinement, however, remains an issue." -- Edmunds
  • "The new WRX is the most refined version yet, but it hasn't gone soft. Subaru managed to make the car feel like a premium sedan without losing any excitement behind the wheel. It's comfortable to drive while still performing better than almost anything else in its class. It's a great merger of premium small sedan and all-weather sports car, making it an excellent choice for everyday driving, no matter where you live." -- MSN Autos
  • "And while you could easily compare the 'Rex to newcomers like the Ford Focus ST or the perennial-favorite Volkswagen GTI - cars that surely offer better interior refinement and more typical hot hatch dynamics - the WRX's all-weather capability makes it a no-brainer for folks desiring four-season fun. As far as street-legal rally cars go, there's still nothing better than a WRX." -- Autoblog
  • "It's a truly useable little sports sedan that can blow the doors off of basically anything else on the road. So what if it doesn't look great? They spent that money on making it drive like a masterclass in engineering. I know it's only February, but I'm already betting that the WRX makes the list as one of the most fun and favorite cars we'll drive this year." -- Jalopnik

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the WRX, the Volkswagen GTI is completely redesigned for 2015, and reviewers like its premium interior materials. The GTI also gets substantially better fuel economy ratings than the WRX, and it has a lot more cargo space.

Reviewers are impressed with the high-performance Ford Focus ST, saying it offers brisk acceleration and sharp handling. Additionally, test drivers are wowed with the Focus ST’s interior, which they say offers upscale materials and an eye-catching design.

Compare the WRX, GTI and Focus ST »                                                                            

Details: 2015 Subaru WRX

The 2015 Subaru WRX is a five-seat sedan with standard all-wheel drive that comes in base, Premium, Limited, STI and STI Limited trims. A turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, and a CVT is available (excludes WRX STI models). The WRX is fully redesigned for 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 7/3/14

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