2021 Subaru WRX STI Prices, Reviews, and Pictures


The 2021 Subaru WRX STI is a Subaru-backed FIA World Championship Rally series race car and is tuned for maximum performance. Even the most avid drivers will be intimidated by the STI’s turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine and stiff suspension. The Subaru sedan’s sporty exterior is notable for its all-wheel drive system and manual-only transmission. And if the STI is too spicy for you, there’s always the less edgy-albeit-still-raw WRX. Despite not having the same cargo space as rival hi-po hatchbacks like the Honda Civic Type R or the Honda Civic Type R, the STI is better equipped to conquer all four seasons because it has all-wheel drive. Although some buyers will be disappointed by its noise and other outdated attributes, the car’s rawness, and rowdiness, will appeal to purists and masochists.

What’s new for 2021?

With almost no modifications, the 2021 WRX STI is still available. Now, the base model comes standard with push-button start and passive hands-free entry.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Because all performance is the same on both models, it’s difficult to justify the Limited trim level over the base WRX STI. The rational half of our brain recommends the base model. The base version still includes a 7.0 inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated front seats, and 19 inches wrapped in summer tires.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

The WRX STI’s 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine is eager to rev. It emits a distinctive flat-four sound from its quad exhaust pipes. This old engine isn’t as powerful or smooth as the smaller turbo fours that power the Subie. The engine’s lackluster low-end grunt results in a quick, punchy power delivery, which can make it difficult to maneuver around the city. There is some initial lag as the turbo starts up. It is essential to maintain the car’s standard six-speed manual gearbox. This includes abusive clutch drops at high rpm to ensure maximum acceleration from a stop. The STI’s controls work well when driven with maximum fury. The STI’s all-wheel-drive traction and a more relaxed chassis make it more fun and athletic on back roads than the WRX. Although the firm suspension helps keep excess body motion under control, it does not provide enough ride comfort for those on uneven roads. However, this Subaru is still very usable as a daily driver. The electricly assisted steering is direct and quick. It also has a moderate feel. The STI’s pedals have a good spacing for race-driver-like heel and toe downshifts. The firm brake pedal returns good initial bite as well as easy modulation.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The WRX STI’s engine, while larger and more advanced than many of today’s hot four cylinders, is also older. This, combined with Subaru’s short gearing makes it the most economical in its class. The EPA estimates that some mid-sized four-wheel-drive pickups can go further on a gallon than the STI in terms of fuel economy ratings. The government rates the WRX as the most efficient at 16 mpg within the city and 22 mpg highway. It beat its highway rating by 3 miles (25 total), but it still trails many rivals by several mpg.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The WRX STI’s humble beginnings can be seen inside the cabin. It is quite basic in layout, quality, and features. Despite the Recaro seats with red accents and seatbelts, the STI’s interior is dark. The updated materials and sound insulation don’t do much to improve the STI’s value. The STI’s three-box sedan body is quite spacious thanks to its large trunk and 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Subaru’s closest competitors are hatchbacks, which offer more versatility in swallowing cargo. The console has ample storage, and the door pockets are small enough to hold small items.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The STI includes a 5.9-inch color information display atop the dash. It also comes standard with a 7.0 inch touchscreen that supports Subaru Starlink infotainment. Although it is not the most sophisticated or high-resolution system on the market, the STI works intuitively and offers a wide range of modern features. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are not included.

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