With its 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic, the Sport Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) with manual mode.
A restyled front fascia projects a sportier attitude for the 2018 WRX, highlighted by a larger, lower grille opening. The WRX Limited features redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that helps illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX trim levels now feature new roof rack mounting brackets. In addition to all the doors and trunk monitored by standard security system, the hood is now monitored to help improve anti-theft security. The security system’s alarm is triggered if the hood has been opened illegally. The 2018 base model adds standard heated exterior mirrors, which were already standard on the other trims. Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access is standard on WRX Limited.
The 2018 WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.
A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro® front seats with 8-way power driver’s seat; red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID® brake pads; and moonroof delete for weight reduction.
Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX’s popularity gets even better for 2018. All trim levels feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening. New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam.
In the WRX cabin, a new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-in. vs. 4.3-in. before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. The WRX Limited model features a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment. For 2018, the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0” Multimedia from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.
Enhanced Safety for 2018
Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, now features Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH) and a new EyeSight Ass...