2013 Subaru WRX STI Overview
Long one of the best performing cars on the road, the 2013 Subaru WRX STI gets a name change and not much else for the 2013 model year.
Formerly known as the Impreza WRX STI, Subaru has removed the Impreza name tag from both the WRX and WRX STI for 2013 which makes some sense as the Impreza got a redesign in 2012 that skipped the WRXs and is more of an economical vehicle while the pair of WRX variants, well they just want to go fast.
Just like the WRX, the WRX STI is offered as both a sedan and a five-door hatchback. The WRX STI continues to the part with an aggressive and bold exterior. Sharp lines found up the sides of the hood and the sides make for an angular appearance, which is furthered by the large fenders which bulge from the front. 18-inch wheels are standard, as are HID headlights and front/rear underspoilers.
Impetus is provided by a 305-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 290 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a close ratio six-speed manual transmission. This being a Subaru, symmetrical all-wheel drive comes standard, as does a Driver Controlled Center Differential which allows you to choose how the AWD system will distribute power. Fuel economy ratings are not good: 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, but again, hopefully you’ll be having so much fun behind that wheel that you don’t notice.
Inside, the WRX STI has a simple cabin that lets you focus on driving. The switches are all easy to reach and operate and don’t distract from the task at hand. Standard interior features include aluminum pedals, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, sport seats, and leather upholstery. Optional is a navigation system which comes with a 6.1-inch touch-screen and HD radio.
Safety comes standard on the WRX STI, which offers electronic stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, and front, side-curtain, and front side-impact airbags.