2017 Subaru WRX

MSRP $28,995 - $32,195

Ranked #9 in Compact Sedan

7.0

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2017 Subaru WRX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Subaru WRX is a sport sedan in a true sense and it received a mild update this year. Before you move forward, if you're looking for a daily driving sedan with best-in-class fuel economy, or a comfortable ride, you ought to look elsewhere. The 2017 WRX is powered by a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection flat-four engine available with a manual transmission or a sport-tuned CVT. This track-ready four-door compact offers precision handling and steering.

The WRX is faster than all its rivals while the WRX STI is even faster. You can certainly make the most of this power, thanks to the extra traction provided by WRX's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. The WRX interior offers decent tech but it doesn't have a stylish design. The competition includes the likes of Honda Civic Si, Ford Focus ST, and Volkswagen GTI. All are quick and reasonably priced, but the ST and GTI are hatchbacks that offer enhanced practicality. Let's find out if these front-wheel-drive competitors are better to buy than the all-wheel-drive WRX or not.

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Pros

Impressive 0-60 mph acceleration

Superb and gutsy handling around the corners

Enhanced traction and all-weather capability with Standard AWD

Many advanced safety tech features available

Cons

Interior quality is subpar

Below-average Fuel Economy

What's New?

No major changes

Updated EyeSight safety package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

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 w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

93.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

429.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Premium$28,995 onwards

Limited$30,995 onwards

STI Limited$39,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Subaru WRX in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.2

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.7

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2017 Subaru WRX is an all-wheel-drive sport sedan that's available in three trim levels and priced at $26,695. The WRX STI model offers more performance at a higher starting price, we have reviewed it separately. The WRX gets power from direct injection turbo flat-fours, 2.0 liters. The WRX offers a manual or automatic transmission, and also earns terrific crash test ratings.

For 2017, the Subaru WRX features an updated EyeSight safety package, along with automatic headlights and auto-up front windows. The five-year cost of ownership is estimated at around $28,200, which includes the 2017 WRX's cost to insure, repair, maintain, and fuel.


7.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.2/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.7/10
Safety


2017 Subaru WRX Features

7.5/10

The 2017 Subaru WRX is only available as a sedan and can be had in base, Premium, and Limited trims. The WRX STI comes only in base and Limited trim levels and is reviewed separately. Subaru priced the 2017 WRX from a starting range of $26,695 up to $30,995.

Standard features include 17-inch wheels, a trunk-lid spoiler, cruise control, sport front seats with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, a 6.2-inch information display, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and Subaru's Starlink six-speaker infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, CD player, USB, and auxiliary inputs and smartphone app integration.

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

Next-in-line is the WRX Premium, which adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, a sunroof, heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icers, and heated mirrors. The top-end WRX Limited model adds an eight-way power driver seat, leather-trimmed upholstery, LED low-beam headlights, keyless ignition, and a 7-inch Starlink touchscreen.

We Recommend

We recommend the Premium trim level as it offers the best combination of value and performance-inspired equipment. Unlike the base WRX, which is available only with a six-speed manual transmission, WRX Premium can be had with the Sport Lineartonic CVT. 

2017 Subaru WRX Engine and Performance

8.3/10
"Regardless of engine/transmission choice, the WRX is a blast to drive.- Edmunds"

2017 WRX Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Subaru WRX is powered by a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection flat-four engine paired with the six-speed manual transmission. This powertrain is one of the most powerful base configurations in the class. All-wheel drive comes standard in every WRX. The engine is rated at 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

A sports-tuned automatic CVT with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is optional for WRX Premium and Limited trim levels. Those paddles are responsive and imitate either a six- or eight-speed automatic, depending on the driving mode.

Models 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
MSRP $26,695 $25,595 $24,775 $23,900
Engine 2.0L turbocharged Boxer four-cylinder 2.0 L inline-four cylinders 2.0L Ecoboost inline-four cylinders 1.5L Turbo inline-four cylinders
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

The WRX sedans are a great option for buyers looking for performance in a more practical package than a muscle car. Subaru offers the all-weather capability and extra grip from summer performance tires. This is something not available in rear-drive pony cars while the WRX can hit 60 mph similar times. Among the other practical rivals, WRX is the most powerful sedan, though it is priced upwards than most in the class including Golf GTi and Civic Si.

2017 WRX 0-60 mph and Quarter-mile Acceleration

The WRX with the manual transmission goes zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Subaru claims the WRX with a CVT takes 5.9 seconds in 0-60 mph run. By comparison, the VW GTI with the DSG automated transmission took 6.1 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph while a Ford Focus ST takes 6.4 seconds.

Models 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
0-60 MPH 5.4 sec 6.1 sec 6.4 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

The STI accelerated to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. Subaru's horizontally-opposed four cylinders lie flatter and lower, keeping the center of gravity closer to the ground. This enables more spirited performance and stability in the drive.

2017 WRX Ride and Handling

The WRX is fun to drive and delivers a power-packed performance irrespective of the transmission choice. The suspension system keeps it composed and offers a comfortable ride over rough pavements. The sports sedan steers sharply and the standard AWD adds to the grip coming out of turns. The athletic handling brings enthusiasm and confidence. 

The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is strong throughout and there's a big surge of power in the midrange. The manual is hardly a problem while the CVT is good as well, with steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles and driver-selectable operating modes, it allows to make the most of the engine's output. Opting for the WRX STI raises the bar as it adds limited-slip differentials, Brembo brakes, and a beefed-up six-speed manual. 

2017 WRX Braking Performance

The standard Subaru WRX with summer tires stopped from 60 mph in a short 113 feet, thanks to the standard 12.4 inches and 11.3 inches front/rear rotors respectively. At 3272 pounds, the WRX is heavier than most of its rivals which is reflected in VW Golf GTI's 100 feet stopping distance.

Model 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
Brake Front 12.4" 12.3" 12.6" 12.3"
Brake Rear 11.3" 10.7" 10.7" 11.1"
Curb weight 3272 lbs. 3031 lbs. 3223 lbs. 2889 lbs.
60-0 MPH 113 ft. 100 ft. 111 ft. 106 ft.

The Civic Si has less power under the hood, as well as lower weight than the WRX, this takes just 106 feet to stop from 60 mph. The STI sedan gets Brembo brakes setup to compensate for more power, which is good for more spirited performance in this category.

2017 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy

6.0/10

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2017 WRX with a manual transmission is 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. With the CVT automatic, the WRX returns one of the lowest ratings, 18 city/24 highway.

Model 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
MPG (city) 20 24 22 28
MPG (highway) 27 34 30 38
MPG (combined) 23 28 25 32

Among the competitors, the WRX may have the most potent engine but it is also the thirstiest. The 2017 Honda Civic Si returns 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, way ahead of the WRX. 

2017 Subaru WRX Interior

6.2/10

"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

2017 WRX Seating and Comfort

The WRX seats up to five people and offers decent interior space. In front, there is ample elbow room for adults and sport seats with cloth upholstery come standard. For an upscale ride, the WRX has available leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. For a long road trip, there is plenty of room all around and seats are comfortable. More emphasis is on the performance rather than the interior, making it a driver's car.

The driving position is spot-on while the slim roof pillars offer excellent outward visibility. The manual controls on the dashboard are easily accessible through the dash is sober and not fashionable. Primary gauges and multifunction LCD display rests in the middle of the dash. The matte-silver trim covers the vast expense of black and makes the cabin look handsome.

Model 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si 
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

Optional Interior 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.

2017 WRX Infotainment

The WRX’s standard 6.2-inch screen with Starlink interface is an easy-to-use infotainment system. It features HD Radio, Pandora smartphone integration, Bluetooth, Sport, an auxiliary jack, and satellite radio. Available features include a navigation system, a 7-inch touch screen, and a Harman Kardon sound system.

Key Infotainment 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

2017 WRX Cargo volume

The WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is one of the smallest in the compact car class. In comparison, most of the WRX's rivals including the Honda Civic sedan has a 15-cubic-foot trunk and the VW GTI hatchback offers cavernous 22.8 cubic feet of cargo volume,

Model 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
Trunk volume  12.0 ft.cube 23 ft. cube 23.8 ft. cube 11.9 ft. cube

The 2017 WRX has a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat that allows you to expand the trunk volume in order to haul longer objects.

2017 Subaru WRX Exterior

6.0/10
"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"

2017 WRX Dimensions and Weight

The Subaru WRX's exterior styling has always been attention-grabbing but it seems Subaru has spent more money on the drivetrain than the looks. Since the WRX is built from a basic Impreza sedan, it looks more subtle and discreet. Subaru adds large air intakes and spoilers with other small changes. Also, the car has been tweaked to look wider and bolder.

Model 2017 Subaru WRX 2017 VW Golf GTI 2017 Ford Focus ST 2017 Honda Civic Si
curb weight 3272 lbs 3031 lbs 3223 lbs 2889 lbs
Length 180.9" 168.0" 171.7" 177.3"
Width 70.7" 70.8" 71.7" 70.9"
Height 58.1" 56.8" 58.4" 54.7"
Ground clearance 4.9" 5.0" 5.7" 5.9"
Wheelbase 104.3" 103.6" 104.3" 106.3"

The WRX is 180.9 inches long, the longest car in the class. Its curb weight ranges from 3,272 to 3,470 pounds, depending on the configuration you choose. Also, the flat-four engine pushes the car closer to the ground, thus the 4.9 inches of ground clearance is justified for a spirited drive.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

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

2017 Subaru WRX Safety

8.7/10

The 2017 WRX a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS and WRX trims outfitted with the optional EyeSight Driver Assistance package gets a Superior rating in the front crash prevention. Every WRX comes with a brake assist, ABS brakes, daytime running lights, and a rear vision camera.

The WRX Limited gets the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning. Available upgrades include blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system (SRS)
  • Daytime running lights

2017 Subaru WRX Competition

2017 Subaru WRX vs 2017 Honda Civic

The 2017 Civic Si's engine output doesn't match the Subaru WRX's horsepower rating, but the Civic is still agile and fun to drive. The Honda Civic has a lot of practical advantages, as it offers spacious seats, a large amount of cargo space, top safety ratings, above-average predicted reliability, and an outstanding fuel economy rating.

All these reasons make the Civic a better fit for families. However, the WRX is an enthusiastic drive targeted at buyers looking for performance in a practical package, better than muscle cars.

2017 Subaru WRX vs 2017 VW Golf GTI

The difference between the VW GTI and Subaru WRX starts with the body style. The VW is available in a hatchback with its own advantages such as more cargo space and agile maneuvering. This generation WRX is available as a sedan only. Pricing also plays an important factor, as WRX is priced way ahead of the hot hatch. 

The WRX has more power and is a track-ready vehicle even in the standard trim while the GTI is no wimp either but lacks the power. GTI's convenient hatchback design, upscale interior, and superior fuel economy attract the buyers to trade about 50 horsepower for a more refined daily driving experience.

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.


2017 Subaru WRX FAQs:

Is 2017 Subaru WRX manual or automatic?

The 2017 WRX comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The WRX Premium and Limited trims are available with the sports-tuned automatic CVT. The CVT transmission on the Subaru WRX also gets you to paddle shifters.

What is the annual maintenance cost of a Subaru WRX?

The annual maintenance cost of a Subaru WRX, on average, ranges from $650 - $682, depending upon your service provider. The total five-year cost of ownership is about $28,000.

How many miles does a Subaru WRX last?

The WRX can last for around 250,000 miles, provided you have regular maintenace and check ups. 

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