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2015 Subaru WRX STI

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/31/2014 Christian Seabaugh
2015 Subaru WRX STI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI are pretty much all-new this year. No longer replete with the Impreza badge, the WRX and WRX STI are still the street-going rally-rockets you know and love, but with new sheetmetal, a new engine, and sharper steering. For the 2015 model year the Subaru WRX gets a new 2.0-liter turbocharged F-4 producing 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The WRX also gets a pair of new transmissions -- a six-speed manual and a CVT. The 2015 WRX STI's powertrain will look familiar to owners of the outgoing model. Its 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged F-4 making 290 lb-ft of torque is unchanged. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available on the WRX STI. As you'd expect, all-wheel drive is standard.

The WRX has always punched above its weight and the 2015 model is no exception. Though it's slower than the previous generation, the 2015 Subaru WRX has impressed us in testing. "Up in the canyons of Malibu, the WRX was a rocket," we wrote in our First Test of a CVT-equipped model, "The new electric steering rack is lightning-quick, and the firmed-up suspension makes the WRX corner about as flat as a BRZ – that's really where the largest difference is between the old car and new car. While the old Impreza WRX would roll, hunker down, and then power out of a corner, the new WRX just eats up each corner without a hint of roll." The new WRX would also go on to beat the Ford Focus ST in a Head 2 Head competition. The WRX STI also punches in above its weight, beating out the BMW M235i and Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG in a recent comparison. "The WRX STI is the car you drive passionately, with occasional pinches of craziness, "we wrote, "When you do, it shellacs switchbacks and then pleads for more. Its character, and the totally engrossing effect it has on its driver, is much greater than any numbers put on paper. This car is relentless and it makes you relentless, too. You have no fear in this thing, just confidence."

Some of the changes Subaru made to the 2015 WRX and WRX STI are the addition of electric power steering, standard sport seats, an all-new (and no longer embarrassing) interior, and unfortunately, the removal of the hatchback from the lineup.

New for 2015

Both the Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI are new for this year. For this model year, Subaru is offering the WRX STI Launch Edition, which comes in Subaru's legendary World Rally Blue paint, with gold wheels. Get it while you can – Subaru says the 1000 WRX STI Launch Editions are for the 2015 model year only.

You'll Like

  • Sharp new handling
  • Six-speed manual standard all-around
  • Same performance you know and love
  • How awesome the new WRX STI Launch Edition looks.

You Won't Like

  • No hatchback or wagon body styles
  • WRX somehow looks boring compared to the old model
  • New WRX is slower than the old WRX
  • WRX STI has a carryover engine.

Key Competitors

  • Ford Focus ST
  • Mazdaspeed3
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI/R

Sum Up

4 star AWD fun starting at $20,000

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