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2015 Subaru WRX KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $29,290

Fair Purchase Price $28,997
Fair Market Range ($28,709 - $29,284)

Invoice $27,643
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Zach Vlasuk - Updated Date: 4/10/2014


From its early days as a street-legal rally car to its current role as the poster child of the American boy racer, the Subaru WRX has undergone the most significant overhaul in its 23-year history. Longer, wider, faster, and, above all, more refined than ever, the 2015 Subaru WRX sedan is no longer the wild child of specialty sports cars – and that's a good thing. Of course, the range-topping 2015 Subaru WRX STI has been heavily updated as well to satisfy the needs of hardcore performance types. Available in sedan body styles only, the all-wheel-drive-equipped WRX and STI are well positioned to challenge 2-door and 4-door versions of the Honda Civic Si, Ford's Focus ST hatchback, and the 4-door Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are looking for an affordable sports sedan with all-weather capability, superb handling, and laudable fuel economy, far be it from us to disapprove of the Subaru WRX. Given its newly available CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) and added creature comforts, the WRX has become a feasible alternative for non-enthusiasts.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If pure driving excitement takes precedence over straight-line performance, the rear-drive Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S are worth a closer look. If balancing performance with practicality is more up your alley, the less expensive Ford Focus ST might be the better choice.

What's New for 2015

The Subaru WRX and high-performance WRX STI sports sedans are all-new for the 2015 model year.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The Subaru WRX has long been one the few sports cars that consistently exceeds its published performance credentials in the real world. Case in point: No matter how hard we pushed the WRX, traction under power was beyond reproach, and understeer (where the car pushes straight into corners) went unnoticed. The latter is an impressive feat for an all-wheel-drive sports car, particularly one fitted with electric-assisted steering. Speaking of which, Subaru worked hard to give the 2015 WRX an electromechanical steering system worthy of its dynamic persona, and the hard work paid off. In terms of ride quality, the new WRX handles rough pavement with unexpected compliance compared to its stiff-legged predecessors. This newfound sense of civility comes despite the fact that Subaru engineers stiffened virtually every steering, chassis and suspension component. The ride is taut, naturally, but not overly so. Then again, the same cannot be said for the STI, as every road imperfection – big or small – transmits directly into the cabin.

Favorite Features

6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Standard on both the WRX and STI, Subaru's revised 6-speed manual gearbox is one of the best in the business on account of its precise action, positive-engaging clutch, and short throws.

SPORT SEATS
Whether you're a seasoned track buff or all-around spirited driver, factory-installed seats rarely offer the appropriate support. Such is not the case with the Subaru WRX – the standard front seats feature high-grip fabric and aggressive leg and side bolstering to keep you in place and focused on more important things – like driving.


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