The 2021 Subaru WRX may not look the part nor offer a tranquil ride, but it does provide all-wheel drive as standard and the ability to satisfy racing fans. Its 268-hp turbocharged flat-four engine emits an exclusive sound that pairs with either its basic six-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Regrettably, this powertrain is hindered by apparent turbo lag and odd accelerations - these issues make driving both slower than usual and disconcerting.
For those who relish in the thrill of an adrenaline ride, the Subaru's exhilarating suspension will provide a bumpy but exciting experience. It is worth noting that for all its prowess on winding roads, the WRX comes with a less-than-modern interior and noticeable noise levels - two factors which one might deem both charming or excruciatingly tiresome, depending on their outlook.
The WRX leaves a lasting impression with its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine. This powerhouse is capable of producing 268 horsepower, 258 lb.-ft. of torque and comes exclusively equipped with all-wheel drive for unparalleled performance on the pavement - regardless if you opt for the six speed manual transmission or optional CVT available in Premium and Limited models!
When navigating the roads every day, you may find yourself frustrated with its on-and-off power delivery. The turbocharged sedan is hesitant to speed up and then abruptly accelerates with unforeseen momentum. But if you choose to put your WRX through its paces, it's chassis makes for an enjoyable experience - the weighted electric steering system works alongside all-wheel drive and grippy summer tires that provide ultimate control so that wherever you point your car it will go there accurately!
Despite the fact that its ride is quite stiff, the Subaru WRX never feels punishing. However, it fails to possess refinement levels similar to those of cars like Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7. The vehicles' impressive and fade-free braking performance can be credited to both its standard summer tires as well as upgraded brake pads from Performance package.
The EPA estimates that the WRX with the standard manual transmission will earn 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg highway. Surprisingly, the automatic version sees those ratings drop to 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The latter figures are worse than those of several mid-size crossover SUVs. While we've only tested a manual-equipped model on our 200-mile highway route, which is conducted at a steady 75 mph to simulate its real-world efficiency, it earned 30 mpg—3 more than advertised.
If you're looking for a car that can handle rough roads, the Subaru WRX is definitely one to consider. Its cabin isn't necessarily luxurious - it's dark, loud and made of average materials - but its seat design offers great comfort and support. Plus, visibility from the driver's seat is good thanks to low windowsills and minimal blind spots. The Recaro front seats are particularly noteworthy if you want some extra luxury while driving!
Featuring supportive and comfortable seating with a pop of vibrant red trim, the WRX's cabin is anything but mundane. Plus, its expansive trunk plus standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat allows you to transport your cargo with ease. However, considering its limited interior storage areas mean that finding places for those extra odds and ends may be tricky!
The WRX earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Although every version comes standard with seven airbags, only the CVT-equipped WRX Limited has Subaru's EyeSight system that includes driver-assistance technology.
Balanced Ride and Handling. With all-season tires, the WRX rode very well, absorbing bumps and broken pavement without much fuss. Tire noise was also less prevalent than in the last WRX we tested. The ride is firm and delivers good handling, and it's less punishing than previous WRXs.
Subaru intends on meeting the regulations and standards of the ZEV (zero-emission cars), CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), and GHG (greenhouse gasses). The company, therefore, doesn't plan on continuing with the production of the gas-powered WRX STI model from Subaru.
The 2004 Subaru WRX is generally regarded to be the most reliable model year. This is based on the total number of complaints that have been filed per year. The 2005 through 2007 model years also generally are considered to be more reliable than the earlier and later years.