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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 Interior

Reviewers say that ho-hum interior materials and a design that emphasizes practicality over style make the redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX’s cabin feel dull compared to the more sophisticated and attractive cabins of rivals like the Volkswagen GTI. Some think the cabin is incredibly quiet, while others find wind noise to be obtrusive while driving on the highway.

  • "Other Impreza-ness is apparent inside the WRX, where, despite many facets of the cabin being enhanced for the higher-performance (and higher-priced) model, there isn't anything to really rave about. Door plastics are just fair, and there's a new faux carbon fiber look to the center stack and dash trim. All in all, the interior isn't anything special, but it's organized neatly." -- Autoblog
  • "The interior follows the same WRX formula as it always has. Great steering wheel, great seats, pretty bland everything else. There are softer touch materials on the dash than the past, but the center stack is still hard and blah, though there is faux carbon fiber, so woo hoo." -- Jalopnik
  • "The most noticeable improvement is the sound level. The interior is surprisingly quiet even on rough pavement. There were no noticeable rattles, and wind noise was almost nonexistent. The end result is the feeling of a much more expensive sedan." -- MSN Autos
  • “Less forgivable, however, is the large amount of wind and road noise coming into the cabin at freeway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • “There are soft-touch plastics throughout, but they possess a sheen that won't win over parishioners of the church of the VW GTI. Splashes of fake carbon-fiber trim attempt to inject some pizazz, but the driver's interior view is dominated by a functional and no-nonsense instrument panel." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

The 2015 Subaru WRX seats five and comes standard with a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Available options include heated front seats and leather upholstery. Test drivers say the WRX’s front seats are extremely supportive and comfortable, even over long distances, and that there’s plenty of legroom in the back seat. They say sightlines are outstanding from the driver’s seat, and that it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "Automatic climate control is standard, as are all-day comfortable cloth sport seats. We found it easy to find a good driving position, and outward visibility is excellent for a modern car, which is a pleasant surprise." -- Car and Driver
  • "On the upside, the cabin is spacious, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. One inch of added wheelbase gives the new WRX even more generous rear legroom. A new thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel imparts the proper sporty vibe after you slide into the firm, well-bolstered driver seat. The driver positioning is particularly excellent, as is outward visibility thanks to thin roof pillars and large side mirrors." -- Edmunds
  • "Seats are comfortable, offering great lateral support in corners without causing occupants to feel squeezed. After driving more than 200 miles in the new WRX - and much of that on fairly rough roads - we vacated the car feeling as if we could have easily gone another 200 miles." -- MSN Autos
  • "Next, the new front seats are as comfortable and supportive as ever." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2015 WRX comes with a six-speaker CD sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth and a security system with an engine immobilizer. Available features include a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, voice-controlled navigation, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start.

Some automotive critics dislike that the optional navigation system makes it difficult to access audio functions, and that the gauges can be difficult to see in bright sunlight. Still, a few reviewers report that most dashboard controls are easy to use.

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  • "Subaru's optional touchscreen navigation system is merely adequate relative to the competition and needlessly ties up basic audio functions within its screens and menus." -- Edmunds
  • “Everything is easy to operate, correctly putting function over form." -- Autoblog
  • "Glare on the gauges made them tough to see, and the reconfigurable boost gauge on the dash become invisible from certain angles if you wear polarized sunglasses." -- Jalopnik
  • "The nice thing is, none of the tech going on in front of you or underneath you makes any effort to call attention to itself. The WRX just goes; it's aim-and-squirt. Train the car on a given point and you'll get there." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

The Subaru WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space, which is smaller than what other sedans in the class offer. While rival cars like the Volkswagen GTI can haul substantially more cargo, a few reviewers say the WRX’s trunk offers a useful amount of space.

  • "Trunk space measures 12 cubic feet, a respectable figure, though hatchback competitors have an edge when it comes to total versatility." -- Edmunds
  • "Fitting two adults in the rear seat would be fine, and the roomy trunk provides plenty of space for cargo." -- MSN Autos
  • "The trunk measures 12 cubic feet. That's up from the last WRX's 11.3 cubic feet, but it's still tight for a compact sedan - a Volkswagen Jetta GLI, for example, has 15.5 cubic feet." -- Cars.com
Review Last Updated: 7/3/14

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