2017 Subaru WRX

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2017 MODEL
$26,695 - $39,995 See Inventory Prices

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Subaru WRX Sedan is more than just economy car, prodigy has a turbocharged engine and advanced all-wheel-drive system to put the extra power down, making it a great option for those who look for an efficient performance.

Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection flat-four engine paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers a power of 268 hp and torque of about 258 lb-ft. The 2017 WRX is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg city/highway when equipped with the manual and 18/24 mpg city/highway with the CVT. Go with the WRX STI and the EPA ratings are 17/23 mpg.

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Pros

Accelerates like a sports car

Agile and gutsy handling

Standard AWD provides extra traction control

Cons

Average Ride Quality

Noisy Cabin

No Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What's New?

Revised front end

Revamped suspension tuning

Improved electric power-steering system

Newly improved powerful 2.5L engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26695

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.3 in. ventilated front disc/12.4 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3272 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

429.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Subaru WRX in Crystal Black Silica color  2017 Subaru WRX in Crystal White Pearl color  2017 Subaru WRX in Dark Gray Metallic color  2017 Subaru WRX in Ice Silver Metallic color  2017 Subaru WRX in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2017 Subaru WRX in Pure Red color  2017 Subaru WRX in WR Blue Pearl color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Safety

6.5

Exterior

6.7

Engine

8.1

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.9

Features

7.5

Comfort

7.6

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Subaru WRX Base

Base

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$26,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $26,695 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5

 2017 Subaru WRX Premium

Premium

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$28,995 - $30,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $28,995 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $30,195 MSRP (18/21/24) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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cvt all wheel drive 5   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Lapis Blue Pearl
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl

 2017 Subaru WRX Limited

Limited

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$30,995 - $32,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $30,995 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $32,195 MSRP (18/21/24) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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cvt all wheel drive 5   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Lapis Blue Pearl
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl

 2017 Subaru WRX STI Limited

STI Limited

power
305 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$39,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $39,995 MSRP (17/19/23) 305 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $39,995 MSRP (17/19/23) 305 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Crystal Black Silica
  Crystal White Pearl
  Dark Gray Metallic
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Lapis Blue Pearl
  Pure Red
  WR Blue Pearl

Top Subaru Cars

2019 Subaru WRX STI Sedan
7.8/10

Engine: 310 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L H-4

MPG: 19 combined

2019 Subaru Outback
7.8/10

Engine: 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L H-4

MPG: 28 combined

2019 Subaru Ascent
8.8/10

Engine: 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L H-4

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Subaru Impreza
7.7/10

Engine: 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L flat 4

MPG: 27 combined

2018 Subaru Legacy
7.7/10

Engine: 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L H4

MPG: 29 combined

2019 Subaru Forester
8.0/10

Engine: 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L H-4

MPG: 29 combined

2018 Subaru Crosstrek
7.9/10

Engine: 152 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L H4

MPG: 25 combined

2017 Subaru WRX STI Sedan
7.6/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L H4

MPG: 19 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


6.5/10
Safety

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

The 2017 Subaru WRX is a good car with a good performance but isn't as practical as many class rivals. It lags in fuel economy or trunk space that many buyers want from a compact car. This is a car worth buying, but unless all-wheel drive and driving enjoyment are your main priorities, you should probably search around. Let's see what feature make Subaru worthy of your pocket and worthy-not of your pocket.

2017 Subaru WRX Safety

6.5/10

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2017 Subaru WRX features the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning. For 2017, reverse auto braking has been added to Limited models equipped with the package. 2017 Subaru WRX Limited models equipped with the Sport Lineartronic transmission and the EyeSight package will also get navigation, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Anti-theft security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system (SRS)
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • daytime running lights
  • energy-absorbing collapsible steering column

 

NHTSA Ratings  
Small Overlap Front Driver Side Good
Small Overlap Front Passenger Side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

The Subaru does decently well in the Crash Avoidance and Mitigation tests as well.

NHTSA Ratings  
Frontal crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
LATCH Acceptable


The 2017 Subaru WRX adds many optional eyesight driver assist technology suite which includes safety features such as:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • pre-collision braking
  • lane departure warning
  • reverse auto braking
  • Sport Lineartronic transmission
  • Navigation
  • blind spot detection
  • lane change assist
  • rear cross traffic alert.

2017 Subaru WRX Exterior

6.7/10
"This little sports sedan has taken on an identity all its own. The front and rear fenders flare aggressively, the "nose-cone" front-end design uniquely fits this aggressive sports sedan, and impressively thin windshield pillars provide better visibility for more confident high-speed maneuvers. - Kelley Blue Book"

Dimensions and Weight

Model Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
curb weight(lbs) 3272 3031 3223 2889
Length(in) 180.9 168.0 171.7 177.3
Width(in) 70.7 70.8 71.7 70.9
Height(in) 58.1 56.8 58.4 54.7
Ground clearance(in) 4.9 5.0 5.7 5.9
Wheelbase(in) 104.3 103.6 104.3 106.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.2/60.6 60.6/59.6 61.2/60.4 60.5/61.2

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • cruise control
  • automatic climate control
  • a sunroof
  • the deep front air dam and unique grille,
  • deeply set (and functional) hood scoop
  • LED low-beam headlights on upgraded models
  • 17- and 18-inch wheels

2017 Subaru WRX Engine

8.1/10
"Regardless of engine/transmission choice, the WRX is a blast to drive.- Edmunds"

Engine and Transmission

The WRX is powered by turbocharged, four-cylinder engines, a lovely turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-4 engine outfitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler as well as direct injection. Power output is set at 268 hp, while peak torque of 258 pound-feet is delivered from 2,000 rpm to 5,200 rpm. The powerplant is coupled to either a manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the choice of transmission nets the driver different versions of Subaru's hallmark all-wheel drive

Models Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
MSRP $26,695 $25,595 $24,775 $23,900
Engine 2.0L turbocharged

 

Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

2.0 L inline four cylinder, 16V 2.0L Ecoboost I-4 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Power 268 hp 210 hp 252hp 205 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 270 lb-ft 192 lb-ft

Acceleration

Models Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
0-60 MPH 5.5 sec 5.9 sec 6.0 sec 6.7 sec
Quarter mile 14.2 sec 14.6 sec 14.6 sec 15.2 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 1.5L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7 6.3 7.1 5.5

Handling and Steering

Precise steering and track-worthy handling are other WRX hallmarks Subaru WRX is one of the most fun-to-drive compact cars. Its steering is engaging, and its standard all-wheel drive gives you plenty of road grip. The ride remains generally smooth in the base WRX, though the WRX STI has a stiffer suspension that transmits more bumps into the cabin.

Braking

A WRX with summer tires stopped from 60 mph in a short 113 feet. A slightly more than its rival VW Golf GTI. The quickest to come to a halt amongst the rivals is the VW Golf GTI. It takes just 100 feet to come to a stop from 60mph, 13 feet shorter than the WRX.

Model Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
Brake Front(in) 12.4 12.3 12.6 12.3
Brake Rear(in) 11.3 10.7 10.7 11.1
Curb weight(lbs) 3272 3031 3223 2889
60-0 MPH (ft.) 113 100 111 106

2017 Subaru WRX Interior

7.8/10

"The WRX’s cabin prioritizes function over form. It’s well-designed and features quality materials, but it doesn’t have the upscale feel of some rival cabins" -Cars.usnews.com

The emphatic of WRX is clearly on delivering performance rather than the upgraded interior quality. As a driver's car, the driving position is spot on, as are the firm, nicely bolstered sport seats. Thin roof pillars provide for excellent outward visibility, and large side mirrors make it easy to monitor conditions to the sides and rear.

Interior design and layout are basic, with simple and easy-to-use controls, but not much in the way of frills. Audio quality and infotainment usability were previously sore spots for Subaru, but with this generation of WRX, things have improved quite a bit. Especially improved are the base audio system and the standard 6.2-inch screen.

The WRX's cabin prioritizes function over form. It's well-designed and features quality materials, but it doesn't have the upscale feel of some rival cabins.

Seating and Comfort

The WRX seats five people. The front seats provide ample support for all-day drives, and driver visibility is excellent. The rear seats are roomy and comfortable, and they have plenty of head- and legroom for adult passengers.

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the WRX. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seat, but that's the only real complaint with them. The tether anchors are easy to find, and you won't confuse them with other hardware.

Model Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 96.6 93.5 90.7 88.6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

39.8/55.6/43.3 38.5/55.9/41.2 39.1/55.6/41.9 36.5/56.9/42.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.1/54.2/35.4 38.1/53.9/35.9 37.9/52.6/33.4 34.8/52.6/35.9

Interior Features

Here is a list of the other standard features in the 2017 Subaru WRX's cabin:

  • standard 6.2-inch touchscreen,
  • connectivity with Aha,
  • satellite radio,
  • Pandora smartphone integration,
  • Bluetooth, Sport, and auxiliary jack.
  • a standard rearview camera.
  • Starlink 7.0 navigation system which adds a larger touchscreen,
  • SMS text messaging,
  • iTunes tagging,
  • an extra USB port
  • a height-adjustable driver seat
  • a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel,
  • a rearview camera, 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • satellite and HD radio,
  • CD player, USB and auxiliary inputs and smartphone app integration.

Optional features include

  • EyeSight front collision mitigation system
  • adaptive cruise control,
  • automated emergency
  • braking and lane departure
  • warning/intervention systems,
  • plus an electronic parking brake
  • steering-responsive foglights that help illuminate corners and curves.

Infotainment

Standard features in the WRX include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a StarLink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen. Available features include a moonroof, two USB ports, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch

Cargo volume

Car lags behinds its competitors in the storage department. It has 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk which is below average for a small sedan. But 12 cubic feet is still enough room for about nine carry-on bags or three sets of golf clubs.

Model Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
Trunk volume (ft.cube) 12.0 23 23.8 11.9

 

2017 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy

6.9/10

The WRX's fuel economy isn't impressive. At its most efficient (with the base engine and manual transmission), it earns 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The WRX also requires premium gasoline, which makes the subpar efficiency even more painful at the pump.

Model Subaru WRX VW Golf GTI Ford Focus ST Honda Civic Si Sedan
MPG (city) 20 24 22 28
MPG (highway) 27 34 30 38
MPG (combined) 23 28 25 32

With a combined economy of 23 mpg, Subaru WRX thirsty engine is at the bottom of the efficiency barrel. The rest of the pack puts up competitive numbers.

2017 Subaru WRX Features

7.5/10

The Subaru WRX comes in three trims. Every WRX features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. With hike in price accordingly Subaru strives in making them the trims of choice for buyers seeking the most driving enjoyment. Choosing according to comfort and convenience, features can be accordingly opted.

Trims WRX WRX Premium WRX Limited
MSRP $26,695 $28,995 $30,995
Features
  • Track-tuned suspension
  • Symmetrical AWD
  • 268-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring
  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia
  • Includes WRX key features and adds:
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-tilt/sliding moonroof
  • All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats
  • Available Sport Lineartronic transmission
  • Fog lights
  • SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia
  • Includes WRX Premium key features and adds:
  • SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights
  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • Available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • Available GPS navigation system

2017 Subaru WRX Competition

 Subaru WRX vs Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is ranked among the top compact cars list. It is super balanced with few follies. The Civic is available in coupe, sedan, and hatchback body styles, which all have more cargo space than the WRX. The Civic's cabin is quiet and well built, and its upper trim levels look nearly as good as some entry-level luxury cars. In the Honda, you'll also get more rear-seat legroom and newer tech features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you're considering the WRX for its performance, cross-shop it with a Civic Si or Civic Type R. Si models put out 205 horsepower (a good jump from the max of 180 in other models), while the Type R manages 306 horses. Like the WRX's higher trims, the Civic's sport-tuned models offer a manual gearbox as the sole transmission. The Civic Si\u2019s $24,100 price tag isn\u2019t as low as the standard Civic\u2019s, but it's still cheaper than a base WRX. The Type R ($34,700) is in line with what the WRX STI costs, and both deliver similar performance.

Subaru WRX vs VW Golf GTI

Taking a look at how two performance vehicles fair when we square off the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2017 Subaru WRX.You initially have to decide amongst the two first, purpose and your kind of drive. The WRX has got more powerful, more athletic and more track-ready vehicle even in the standard trim. GTI is no wimp either, and its convenient hatchback design, upscale interior, and superior fuel economy may win over buyers who are willing to trade about 50 horsepower for a more refined daily driving experience.

Subaru WRX vs Ford Focus ST

The Focus ST will tend to reduce the weight of the buyer's pocket by a lesser amount than 2017 WRX, making it the better option for drivers on a budget. While the WRX does offer more horsepower, the ST produces more torque. The ST also achieves better gas mileage and offers a staggering amount cargo space, making the ST more practical for everyday use. The 2017 Ford Focus ST features an aggressive design that screams performance and an impression across other areas, loaded with advanced technology, premium features and thoughtful amenities such as intelligent access with push-Button Start, USB ports, heated front seats, ambient lighting and power moonroof etc.

The latest WRX carries forward Subaru's reputation for fun and affordable sports sedans, but it feels somewhat one-dimensional and aged against the ST. Still a worthy choice for the driving enthusiast

2017 Subaru WRX Final Verdict

If your mind is set on the Subaru hen you should go for it. But if you give consideration to other things along with this you would definitely end up making wise decisions because a better-rounded car and better deals await you. Many other cars in the class have nicer cabins with more modern tech features. Also, fuel economy and trunk space are both below average for the class. The WRX's some shortcomings dominated largely by interiors make it concede to a lower rank. The Honda Civic has an upscale interior, along with engaging driving dynamics from its performance trims. The VW GTI is one of the sportiest cars in the class. Both of these rivals cost much less than the WRX, though neither offers all-wheel drive.