2021 Subaru WRX Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

Although the 2021 Subaru WRX isn’t modern or smooth, it has standard all-wheel drive and can entertain drivers. The 268-hp turbocharged flat four-cylinder produces a distinctive, grumbly sound and can be paired with either a six-speed manual (CVT) or an optional continuously variable auto transmission (CVT). The WRX feels slower than it should and is difficult to drive smoothly due to turbo lag and sudden acceleration surges. Subaru’s suspension is a delight for those who enjoy driving on bumpy roads. It makes the sedan easier to drive around twisty roads. The WRX’s old interior and associated noisiness are not yet appreciated by those who don’t mind bouncing over bumpy roads. However, it is part of what makes the Subie both endearing and annoying depending on your perspective.

What’s new for 2021?

The Subaru WRX is released into 2021 with no major changes to the model from last year. Only the Premium trim level has been updated to include passive hands-free entry (push-button start) and premium trim.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

WRX buyers should carefully consider their options, as the base, premium, and limited trims are tightly grouped in terms price and features. The mid-level WRX Premium would be our choice if we were to write the check. The six-speed manual will save you $1900 over the CVT. It will also help you save money on therapy costs. Using a WRX to pull up on a gravel road on a twisty gravel road can be a very effective stress reliever.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter flat four engine of the WRX is what gives it its performance edge. The sedan is capable of delivering 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque and all-wheel drive. It can be equipped with either the six-speed manual transmission (CVT), or the continuously variable automatic transmission, which is available for Premium and Limited models. The turbocharged sedan’s slow power delivery can make daily driving more difficult than enjoyable. It exhibits a hesitancy at first, then a sudden surge of acceleration. The WRX’s chassis can be enjoyed best when pushed hard, just like its powertrain. The car’s electric-assist steering is well-weighted, and feels surprisingly comfortable. It also has the standard all-wheel drive system and sticky summer tires. This gives you confidence that it will do what you want. Although the ride is a little stiff, it’s not too harsh. The Subie is still lacking the refinement and polish found in cars like the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The sedan’s remarkable and flawless braking performance can be attributed to the WRX’s standard summer tires as well as the Performance pack’s upgraded brake pad.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

According to the EPA, the WRX equipped with the standard manual transmission will get 21 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. Surprisingly the ratings for the automatic transmission are lower at 18 mpg in the city and 24 highway. These figures are lower than the scores of many mid-size crossover SUVs. We tested the manual-equipped model only on our 200-mile highway route. This is done at a steady 75 mph to mimic its real-life efficiency. It earned 30 mpg, which was three times more than what it claimed.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The WRX is a car designed for hard driving and not cossetting its passengers. Its cabin is dark, noisy, and made from middling materials. The Subie has simple secondary controls and low windowsills. All models have well-padded, comfortable seats. However, the Recaro front seats are our favorite. The seats are supportive and comfortable. They also have red trim which adds color to an otherwise dark cabin. The WRX has a large trunk and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench that can hold cargo. Despite its limited interior storage, there are not many places to hide various odds and ends.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The base WRX is equipped with a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment screen. However, the Premium and Limited models have a larger 7.0 inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. However, the Limited model has built-in navigation. The base model has a single USB port and an auxiliary input. However, the Premium or Limited add a second USB Port.

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