Like most vehicles on the market now, the exciting new 2018 Subaru WRX is not a ‘one and done deal’ when it comes to pricing. There are two models available – the WRX and the WRX STI. Each model offers a variety of features to the consumer at different price points. Both the Subaru WRX and WRX STI are a worthy investment – sports cars without the exorbitant price tag.
Power And Handling
Due to their sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems, the Subaru WRX and WRX STI make driving on hazardous road conditions much easier. The WRX STI provides much more horsepower (305 hp) than the base model (218 hp). Each model packs turbocharged versions of Subaru’s trademark horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. There’s also a CVT transmission option.
On the inside, the 2018 Subaru WRX features newly added insulation plus a thicker glass to reduce noise levels. Interior materials have also received a facelift. Red stitching makes the flat bottom steering wheel stand out rather beautifully. The steering wheel is also tilt-and-telescopic. The WRX is capable of seating up to five.
Consumers will be hard pressed not to notice the WRX’s grille is much larger and now complements the vehicle’s wide upper grille and practical hood scoop. Four large exhaust pipes, a defused rear bumper, and flared fenders are now included on the WRX and STI.
The large and heavy rear spoiler that is said to aid stability and downforce and 19” wheels are exclusive to the STI model. Brembo brakes (Brembo is a world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology) featuring cross-drilled rotors and yellow-painted calipers are also for the STI.
The stylish hood scoop is there for more than just cosmetic purposes. This feature helps cool the vehicle’s intake charge by sending air through the intercooler before it goes through the WRX’s all-aluminum 4-cylinder engine. This process also adds horsepower.
In the city, the WRX averages 21 miles per gallon (manual) and 27 miles per gallon on the highways. The automatic transmission is much lower at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on highways.
- The STI averages 17 miles per gallon in cities and 21 miles per gallon on highways.
- The EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/21 mpg.
- The Subaru’s turbo engine takes premium fuel.
All-wheel drive, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6” touchscreen, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, a second 6” information touchscreen, and 17” wheels all come standard on the Subaru WRX.
The STI includes all the above and the following: two-zone climate controls, heated seats, red seat belts, LED headlights responsive to the steering, headlights with automatic on and off, plus a more advanced infotainment system that boasts a 7” touchscreen.
Available, are also several trims with added equipment. 18” wheels, fog lights, heated seats in the front, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power sunroof, and an updated Starlink infotainment system are all available on the WRX Premium, while the WRX Limited adds LED headlights responsive to steering and push-button start.
A much-upgraded version of Subaru’s unique Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD) all-wheel drive system comes standard on the WRX STI. This system grants the driver control over the vehicle’s center limited-slip differential. With the push of a button, the driver can change the distribution of power between the front and back depending on the road conditions.
Options include blind spot detection, a navigation system, rear cross traffic alerts and audio upgrades. There’s also Subaru’s trademark EyeSight driver assist safety technology optional for the WRX. EyeSight tech isn’t available on the STI (standard or optional), but it does get 19” wheels.
The Performance Package adds aggressive front brake pads, Recaro sport seats that are power-adjustable, and red brake calipers.
The WRX starts at around $27,500 ($860 destination and delivery fee included). Many enthusiasts consider the Subaru WRX to be a bargain with its remarkable performance, features, and versatility on the road. With its $32,000 price tag, a bigger value can be found in the WRX Premium with its laundry list of features covered in the optional Performance Package.
Fully loaded, the WRX Limited kitted with the CVT transmission will cost about $35,000.
As far as the much more raucous WRX STI is concerned, it starts at around $37,000. The addition of so many performance features to the WRX STI makes the higher price tag more than worth it, and the 2018 Subaru WRX continues to be a performance vehicle enthusiast favorite.