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2019 Subaru Wrx
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Base Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 28606
MPG (EPA) 21 CTY /27 HWY
Horsepower 268@5600
Torque 258@2000
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2019 Subaru WRX MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • A performance bargain with personality in spades
  • Impressive all-wheel-drive grip and flat cornering
  • STI version channels your inner rally racer

You Won't Like

  • Old-school turbo lag
  • Where's the hatch?
  • Interior materials still look and feel economy-grade

New for 2019

Warm off the heels of a mild refresh for 2018, the 2019 WRX adds a host of updated technology and safety features. On base models, the infotainment screen is larger, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard on all trim levels, while all CVT-equipped models come with Subaru's EyeSight safety suite. For 2019, Subaru is offering a 750-unit limited-edition Series.Gray edition; the cars sport a unique Cool Gray Khaki exterior color. There will also be 250 STI Series.Gray editions available.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

Based on the previous-generation Impreza, the WRX comes exclusively as a four-door sedan and slots below the Legacy in price and size.

2019 WRX: The introductory model in the WRX lineup includes automatic climate control, cloth seats, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM satellite radio, and dual USB ports for rear seat passengers.

2019 WRX Premium: Step up to Premium for front heated seats, a windshield de-icer, fog lights, moonroof, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

2019 WRX Limited: The Limited adds navigation, leather-trimmed upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, steering-responsive headlights, keyless access with push-button starting, and LED headlights and fog lights.

2019 WRX Series.Gray: This special model adds 18-inch black alloy wheels, steering-responsive headlights, LED headlights and fog lights, keyless access with push-button start, and WRX Performance package.

2019 WRX STI: The high-performance version of the WRX receives Brembo brakes, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM, heated seats and mirrors, LED steering-responsive headlights, and windshield wiper de-icer.

2019 WRX STI Limted: Standard on Limited are Recaro 8-way power front seats, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, navigation, nine-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, leather-trimmed upholstery, and moonroof.

2019 WRX STI Series.Gray: This package offers 19-inch black alloy wheels, Recaro 8-way power front seats, Bilstein suspension, ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, and keyless access with push-button start.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The WRX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat four making 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is put to all four wheels through a six-speed manual or CVT. Mileage with the manual is an EPA-rated 21/27 mpg city/highway, and the CVT nets 18/24 mpg.

In our First Test of the 2018 WRX, we recorded a time of 6.2 seconds for the six-speed manual, while back in 2015 the same combo during a First Test returned a time of 5.5 seconds. The CVT was equally as fleet, scoring 5.8 seconds to 60 during a First Test in 2015.

The WRX STI features a 2.5-liter turbo-four producing 310 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The WRX STI is rated 17/22 in EPA testing. In our most recent First Test of the 2018 WRX STI, we accelerated to 0-60 time in 5.7 seconds, while in a 2015 First Test we saw 4.6 seconds.

Safety

The 2018 WRX received a four-star rollover rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The WRX is a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, citing Good crashworthiness (its highest rating) and a Superior front crash prevention rating. These tests were performed on a WRX which featured the EyeSight safety suite. EyeSight includes a heads-up display, pre-collision brake assist and throttle management, lane departure warning and prevention, lead vehicle start alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

Both the WRX and WRX STI are only offered as four-door sedans. Trunk space is a compact 12.0 feet, though the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split for additional cargo room. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 43.3 and 35.4 inches, respectively.

Technology

The 2019 WRX and WRX STI benefit from upgraded infotainment systems. The standard system in the WRX receives a larger 6.5 inch touchscreen (up from 6.2) and now include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. WRX STI and WRX Premium levels and above feature a larger 7.0 inch touchscreen, voice-activated controls for the phone, and NFC capability. Satellite navigation is added on WRX and WRX STI Limited trims.

Both systems come standard with Subaru's Starlink system, which incorporates multimedia, navigation and safety systems both in the car and via the Subaru Starlink and MySubaru app.

Every CVT-equipped WRX Premium and Limited trim comes with EyeSight, Subaru's suite of driver-assist and safety features.

What We Think

Although the WRX continues to be built on the previous Impreza platform, it's still a worthy performance buy with a starting price under 30 grand. Few cars that match its unique personality. But the performance gap between the WRX and WRX STI is negligible, especially given the price gap. In a recent comparison test, the WRX STI finished last, though we still admired its handling prowess. "Between the beefy all-wheel-drive system and Stickum-coated tires, the Subie feels like it never wants to let go."

In our most recent First Test we said, "If you miss the peaky turbocharged cars of yesterday, the WRX will transport you back to the days when having a turbo meant waiting patiently for it to deliver that extra dose of fun." We only wish that spirit carried over into the interior, because although it "has been improved, it's still not likely to impress anyone." It's the frequent downside of crafting a competent sports car from economy car roots.

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2019 SUBARU WRX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter BOXER
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Manual
Trim
Base Sedan
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
268@5600
Standard MPG
21/27
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

WRX Short Throw Shifter Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [J8A] STI Shift Knob - 6MT (PIO); [041] STI Short Throw Shifter - WRX (PIO)
$438 $610

WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)

INCLUDES: [03P] STI Performance Exhaust System - WRX (PIO); [J8A] STI Shift Knob - 6MT (PIO); [041] STI Short Throw Shifter - WRX (PIO); Wheels, 17"; Wheels, 17" STI Alloy Set Black (Will Be Installed At Dealer)
$2580 $3467

Popular Package #3 (PIO) IZT

INCLUDES: [0MS] All-Weather Floor Liners (PIO); [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO); [MCD] Cargo Tray (PIO); [0KN] LED Upgrade - Map and Dome Lights (PIO); [PCS] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO); [H8B] Wheel Locks - Alloy (PIO)
$547 $847

Popular Package #1 (PIO)

INCLUDES: [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO); [MCD] Cargo Tray (PIO); [K8H] Center Armrest Extension - Black (PIO); [PCS] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO); [H8B] Wheel Locks - Alloy (PIO)
$501 $775

Popular Package #3 (PIO) WMC

INCLUDES: [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO); [MCD] Cargo Tray (PIO); [K8H] Center Armrest Extension - Black (PIO); [PCS] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO); [040] STI Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim (PIO); [H8B] Wheel Locks - Alloy (PIO)
$648 $1002

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter BOXER

Std Std

Transmission, 6 Speed Manual

Std Std

Exterior Color, Dark Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Crystal Black Silica

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ice Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Crystal White Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Lapis Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Wr Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pure Red

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$53 $82

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control, Subaru Starlink™

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Cargo Tray (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [WMA] Popular Package #1 (PIO); [IZT] IZT; [WMC] WMC
$52 $81

Multi-Function Display Screen, 6.5-Inch

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

STI Short Throw Shifter - WRX (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [IZF] WRX Short Throw Shifter Package (PIO); [IZG] WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)
$318 $425

Axle Ratio, 4.110

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [09V] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass (PIO); [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.9 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Continuous All Wheel Drive Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive AWD

Std Std

STI Performance Exhaust System - WRX (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [IZG] WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)
$877 $1170

Thule® Crossbar Set (PIO)

$212 $344

Aero Splash Guards - Rear - Body-Color (PIO)

$129 $199

Body-Color Body Side Molding (PIO)

$173 $267

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [WMA] Popular Package #1 (PIO); [IZT] IZT; [WMC] WMC
$62 $96

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Driver

Std Std

Side Sill Plates (PIO)

$104 $161

Sunshade (PIO)

$49 $76

All-Weather Floor Liners (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [IZT] IZT
$85 $132

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Body-Color Door Edge Guards (PIO)

$102 $158

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

STI Shift Knob - 6MT (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [IZF] WRX Short Throw Shifter Package (PIO); [IZG] WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)
$120 $185

Center Armrest Extension - Black (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [WMA] Popular Package #1 (PIO); [WMC] WMC
$103 $159

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console And Doors ; Carbon Fiber Look Instrument Panel; Leather Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

LED Upgrade - Map and Dome Lights (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [IZT] IZT
$64 $99

Footwell Illumination Kit - Blue (PIO)

$133 $205

Footwell Illumination Kit - Red (PIO)

$133 $205

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Brake Lights

Std Std

Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass (PIO)

INCLUDES: Compass; Rear View Mirror, Automatic
$154 $238

Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic CONTAINED IN: [WMA] Popular Package #1 (PIO); [IZT] IZT; [WMC] WMC
$232 $358

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [09V] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass (PIO); [09W] Auto Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink® (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

STI Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [WMC] WMC
$147 $227

Vortex Generator (PIO)

$69 $107

WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO) - Discount

$-568 $-411

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Fog Light Kit (PIO)

$293 $391

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Vehicle Dynamic Control

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Carbon Black Checkered Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Sports

Std Std

Audio System, Subaru Starlink™ 6.5” AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Kicker® Tweeter Kit (PIO)

$98 $152

Kicker® Speaker Upgrade (PIO)

$212 $327

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Wishbone w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P235/45ZR17 Summer

Std Std

Wheel Locks - Alloy (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [WMA] Popular Package #1 (PIO); [IZT] IZT; [WMC] WMC
$52 $81

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, 17" STI Alloy Set Black (Will Be Installed At Dealer)

CONTAINED IN: [IZG] WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, 17"

CONTAINED IN: [IZG] WRX Sport Package - 17" Wheels (PIO)
Pkg Pkg
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 63, 72 Months - Subaru announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 05-31-2019