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2017 Subaru WRXBase (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

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...once you lay into the throttle and hear the turbocharger's jet-like whistle, engaging the boost becomes an itch you just love to scratch.
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A new electric power-steering system is tuned to perfection; whirl the flat-bottomed 14.5-inch wheel, and the nose knifes into corners precisely and predictably.
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The Subaru WRX is a performance oriented four-door sport sedan.

Flared fenders, hood scoop and a wider stance emphasize this cars very real performance credentials. The WRX is available in three trims: Base, Premium, Limited. A 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed turbocharged four-cylinder engine sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission (an eight-speed CVT is optional). Standard front seat mounted, and front and rear curtain airbags offer occupant protection. Standard anti-lock brakes with traction-control and stability-control help reign the chassis in while driving at the limit. Available features include heated seats, leather or Alcantara seating, power driver's seat, navigation and harman kardon audio.

The WRX continues with minimal changes for 2017.


The Subaru WRX is an Impreza that pumps iron, and the WRX STI is the Impreza on steroids.They go beyond the mere high-performance compact sedan.Each has its own version of a stiffened Impreza chassis, turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system.Both versions come as a sedan, a hatchback isn't available.

The WRX uses a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that comes at 2000 rpm and lasts until 5200 rpm.It's mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).The 6-speed manual uses all-wheel drive with viscous coupling at the center differential that splits power 50/50 front to rear, and is variable from side to side.

The CVT has eight steps that make it feel like a sequential automatic transmission in Sport Sharp mode, or six steps in Sport mode; it behaves more like a CVT in Intelligent mode.Its-all wheel drive splits power 45/55 front/rear, and moves it from side to side depending on traction needs.Additionally, the torque moves around between wheels based on cornering forces and steering-wheel inputs.There's electric power steering, and naturally the suspension is sport tuned.

The WRX STI gets chassis bracing, a stiffer suspension with revised front geometry, 305-horsepower engine, its own 6-speed manual gearbox, bigger brakes, quick-ratio hydraulic-boost steering, and an edgy all-wheel-drive system that's better for the track.

With the standard transmission, the WRX gets an EPA-rated 20/27/23 mpg City/Highway/Combined; it's 2 mpg less with the CVT, which is unusual because CVTs are all about fuel mileage.However Subaru says in Intelligent mode the CVT delivers nearly 24 mpg combined.The STI is rated at 17/23/19 mpg.

The NHTSA hasn't tested the WRX, but the IIHS give it its Top Safety Pick+ rating, with the best scores across the board, including the difficult small overlap crash test.A rearview camera is standard.


The WRX comes in Base, Premium and Limited models.In addition to its higher performance, the STI adds leather and faux-suede upholstery, dual-zone climate control, fuller center console, and LED headlamps with turn signals on the sideview mirrors.

Subaru's camera-based EyeSight safety suite is available on the WRX with the CVT.It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist.


In the WRX, only the roof and trunk lid remain from the Impreza; every other body panel is unique, including grille and bumpers.The front fenders are pronounced, the front air dam deep, the air intakes massive, the hood scoop big, and the wheels bigger.The headlamps are LED.

The STI is easily spotted by its giant wing on back.If that draws too much attention to the car, it can be ordered with a lower profile trunk spoiler like that on the WRX.


The cabin is straightforward, fairly roomy for a compact car, and adequately but inexpensively finished.The instrument panel isn't fancy, but it's functionally well designed, with simple intuitive controls, and a cowl over the main gauges and another smaller one over the LCD display in the center of the dash.There's matte silver trim on the soft-touch low-gloss black plastic dash.The headliner is higher quality for 2017.

The WRX and STI aren't known for refinement, comfort, and convenience.Tire and wind noise are high.

The WRX has grippy sport seats with fabric upholstery and manual adjustment, with leather and power optional.The STI gets pseudo-suede seats with big bolstering and Alcantara accents, as well as trim that's a bit nicer.Realistically, there's only room for two in the rear, as that middle person won't be happy.

There are generous bins and trays, with an average trunk size of 12 cubic feet.The rear seat folds down for more cargo space, but if you carry sports equipment, go with the Impreza Sport or Crosstrek.

Driving Impression

The STI is definitely more powerful and corners harder, but it also rides with some rigidity, so the WRX is more relaxed and comfortable on the street.It's still plenty fast, while the handling is balanced and electric power steering is precise.

The WRX likes transitions, and with its firm suspension and big stabilizer bars, it's plenty taut and composed.It's got electronic torque vectoring, a system that applies the brakes on individual wheels to help the car turn into corners, and reduce understeer.The traction control can be disabled, if it feels intrusive during those most spirited driving times.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four engine, with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, is there when you need speed.It responds especially well because the torque is available from 2000 to 5200 rpm, thanks to the cams and valve springs.Because the cylinders are horizontally opposed, the engine is flatter and lower, dropping the center of gravity of the car and improving the balance, the key to Subaru's good handling.

The all-wheel drive system depends on the transmission.The CVT can't be called a gearbox, because there are no gears, just pulleys and belts that simulate the behavior of gears.The Subaru CVT is as sharp as any we've tested, thanks to its design and programming.In Intelligent mode, it constantly alters its ratio to produce the best gas mileage.In Sport manual mode, the driver can paddle-shift through six ratios that feel like gears.In Sport Sharp mode, it responds like a sequential automatic or dual-clutch transmission, with eight virtual gears and swift throttle response.In this mode it can accelerate from zero to sixty in 5.9 seconds.

The 6-speed manual gearbox offers fairly short throws.Its all-wheel drive uses a viscous-coupling center differential that splits torque 50/50, and moves it forward or back as traction demands.The setup is much quicker than the CVT, with zero to sixty times of 5.4 seconds.

Weak point to the WRX is brakes.The 17-inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tires are willing, but the brakes in the two cars we drove felt numb and needed a heavy foot to slow the car down.

The STI is another story.It's sharper and stiffer, and its 2.5-liter turbo boxer four makes 37 more horsepower (305 hp) and 32 more foot-pounds of torque (290 ft-lb), but it's not that much quicker in a straight line because of its gearing.Its 6-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive use a special driver-controlled central differential system, with a helical limited-slip front differential and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.Its steering is quicker, with different front steering geometry and quick-ratio hydraulic steering.The brake issue is gone, with big Brembos front and rear.


The Subaru WRX and STI, two high-performance Imprezas, have been around a long time, and are popular and proven.They're always fun to drive, and still turn heads.For the power you get, they're well priced.They've been developed to the point where they're both civilized, the WRX more than the STI, but you can still live with the STI on the street.The cabins aren't fancy, but neither are they cheap, while they're functional and intuitive without gimmicks.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimSimulated carbon fibre
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).34 cD
Front Head Room1,010 mm
Front Hip Room1,326 mm
Front Leg Room1,105 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,412 mm
Front track1,530 mm
Overall height1,475 mm
Overall Length4,595 mm
Overall Width1,795 mm
Rear Head Room942 mm
Rear Hip Room1,348 mm
Rear Leg Room900 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,377 mm
Rear track1,540 mm
Wheelbase2,650 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio4.11
Axle ratio3.90
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio10.60 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power268 hp
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque350 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Fuel Consumption
City11.3 L/100 km
Combined10.0L/100 km
Highway8.5 L/100 km
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Boost GaugeBoost gauge
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingW
Width235 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place340 L
Curb weight1,484 kg
EPA interior volume2,744 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Gross vehicle weight2,000 kg
Ground clearance125 mm
Max cargo capacity340 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeGrey aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Split folding rear seat
Sport steering wheel
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering
Sport suspension

Cash Incentives

Subaru CA Alternate Cash Credit
$2,000 Oct 31, 2017

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
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Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Subaru CA Lease Rates
0.5% 0.5% 0.9% N/A N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Subaru CA Lease Residuals
WRX Base MT (HY1W0)
56% 50% 42% N/A N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017

2017 Subaru WRX Base (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan, Kitchener, Ontario

Gemini Motors, 26 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C-1L1

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