2016 Subaru WRX Performance, New

2016 Subaru WRX marks the second model year for the fourth generation Subaru WRX. Which received a substantial redesign for the 2015 model year. 2016 Subaru WRX remains unchanged. 

2016 Subaru WRX front
2016 Subaru WRX Exterior and Interior

2015 saw a heavy redesign for the WRX, receiving an all new exterior look based on the fourth generation Subaru Impreza, released for the 2012 model year. The WRX and WRX STI models were given some substantial upgrades to elevate them from the standard economy car platform on which they are based. Most noticeably, they are adorned with new body trim, including a new front fascia and bumper, hood with functional hood scoop, extended side skirts, and a unique rear bumper with integrated splitter, with the STI model receiving an oversized trunk-mounted wing. The WRX models also feature new lighting elements, with smoked, LED-accented headlights and unique tail lamps. Overall, these changes make the WRX substantially more aggressive than the standard model. The redesign also ditches the bulbous, bloated look of the third generation for a cleaner and sharper design. With this redesign, however, came the loss of the popular 5-door hatchback body style; the WRX and STI are now only available as a four-door sedan, a fact bemoaned by many a Subaru enthusiast. While at the release of the new car there were no plans to build a hatchback model, Subaru did say the WRX hatch was still under consideration, and spy shots have surfaced that seem to support that claim. So if you have your heart set on a WRX hatch, it might be worth holding out for just a bit longer.

The interior also received a substantial rework. The third generation WRX (and all Impreza models for that matter) was often criticized for having a cheap and uninspired interior. While the new interior certainly won’t be mistaken for a luxury car, it definitely is a step forward. Designers made use of more soft touch materials, giving the interior a more upscale look and feel. The WRX’s interior also has a few unique features setting it apart from the standard Impreza, such as red stitching on the seats, shift boot, and door panels, carbon fiber-look trim, metal finish sport pedals, and gauges with red backlighting. In addition, the WRX gets a few extra niceties as well, such as standard automatic climate control and a 4.3-inch multimedia display sitting atop the dash with an integrated boost gauge.

2016 Subaru WRX side

2016 Subaru WRX Performance

For the 2015 model year, the WRX underwent a heart transplant-an all new engine. A 2.0 liter, 268 horsepower boxer with 258 lb-ft of torque sits in place of the outgoing model’s 2.5 liter, 265 horsepower mill. Connected to this new engine is a standard six speed manual, up a gear from the previous model’s five speed, with an optional CVT now available, also new for 2015. The 2016 Subaru WRX STI’s drivetrain, however, is carryover from the previous model. Despite its high performance, the WRX returns relatively impressive fuel economy of 21 city and 28 highway, while the STI returns a slightly less impressive 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon respectively.

2016 Subaru WRX interior

2016 Subaru WRX Price and Release

Right now, the 2015 model is still on sale, with an MSRP of $26,295 for the WRX and $34,495 for the STI. Expect the 2016 Subaru WRX pricing to be about the same when it hits dealer showrooms later this year.

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