2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Overview
The performance focused 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX skipped the redesign the Impreza got last year and is in its final year before a scheduled redesign next year. Those looking for the high-performance Impreza WRX STi will find it here as a trim level of the Impreza WRX.
The Impreza WRX is anything but subtle, looking kitted up even in stock form. There are plenty of creases and sharp edges to the design, bulging fenders, and a large functional hood scoop that feeds air to the turbocharger’s intercooler. The Impreza WRX is offered both as a sedan and five-door hatchback. 17-inch wheels are standard and the hatchback adds a standard rear spoiler as well. Also offered in sedan/hatchback variants is the WRX STi which has a similar outward appearance but also gets unique 18-inch wheels and a larger rear spoiler on sedan models.
Both the Impreza WRX and the Impreza WRX STi feature the same engine only with different tuning. It’s a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer (flat) engine that outputs 265-horsepower in the WRX and a robust 305-horsepower in the WRX STi. The Impreza WRX gets a five-speed manual transmission while the STi adds an extra gear and gets a six-speed. Both cars, being Subarus, put power down through a standard all-wheel drive system that in the STi gets limited-slip front and rear differentials. The STi also gets upgraded Brembo brakes and three different driver selectable differential modes. Fuel economy ratings reflect the Impreza WRX’s priority on performance, 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (the STi comes in just behind at 17/23 mpg city/highway).
Subaru interiors have always been known to prioritize function over form and the Impreza WRX is no exception. That’s not to say that the inside is unattractive, but it was clearly designed with utility in mind. Red-stitching accents help to break things up, as do the aluminum pedals covers. There are plenty of standard features to be found as well, including automatic climate control, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless entry. A navigation system is optional that adds a 6.1-inch touchscreen and HD radio. The STi offers unique seats, optional Alcantara leather upholstery, and special gauges.
Safety features include front side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.