In the midst of Subaru’s lineup of rustic, outdoorsy crossovers lies a model that’s distinct from the rest of the family: the sleek WRX. Sporty and stylish in its own way, the compact sports sedan flaunts an athletic demeanor that’s suited more to highway stretches than dirt roads.
Updates for the 2018 model year include front fascia tweaks, upgraded brakes on higher trim models, upgraded interior materials, roof rack mounting brackets and the updated Starlink infotainment system.
The standard WRX bears a 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbocharged BOXER® four-cylinder engine capable of 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is typically paired with a versatile, capable six-speed manual transmission. If you prefer, it can be upgraded to Subaru’s Sport Lineartronic™ CVT with paddle shifters.
For an even more daring upgrade, opt for the beastly 2.5-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder engine with its tightly-tuned, close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission.
The 2018 Subaru WRX comes in five trim levels, each with their own combination of standard features: WRX, Premium, Limited, STI and STI Limited.
The WRX can be ordered with a number of after-market enhancements that bolster its edgy appearance. Choose from items like STI 17-inch alloy wheels, STI carbon fiber trunk trim, STI Under Spoiler, a Vortex Generator and more. Bring your driving experience to the next level with optional STI Performance Exhaust or Kicker® speaker/Subwoofer upgrades.
The 2018 WRX is available in half a dozen color options, including WR Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Pure Red.
Just because the WRX values performance doesn’t mean it’s not practical, especially when keeping driver and passengers safe while indulging in the WRX’s performance capability. Subaru prioritizes safety, which is why the WRX has consistently earned high marks from the IIHS in crash tests.
All versions of the WRX come with a wealth of standard safety features that enhance awareness, protection and response time. Highlights include a rear-vision camera, engine immobilizer and daytime running lights. Upgraded versions of the WRX add Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
For a thrilling ride at an impressively affordable price, get your hands on the 2018 Subaru WRX.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.