- Fully redesigned last year, along with the WRX
- Adds new technology for 2016
- Standard all-wheel drive, 305-hp turbocharged engine
The 2016 Subaru WRX STi adds new technology to one of the best out-of-the-box road cars you can buy, including improved safety with Subaru’s EyeSight forward camera system.
Subaru redesigned the compact Impreza in 2014, and both the WRX and WRX STI waited a year to get their updates, which include numerous changes to the outside sheet metal and suspension/steering upgrades for an even more precision both on and off-road. The more manic WRX STI only shares a passing likeness to the Impreza on which it’s based, getting mostly unique body panels that are more sculpted and more aggressive. Up front, a functional hood scoop feeds air to the thirsty intercooler and mesh fender vents surround the fog lights. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, as if of course, a massive rear spoiler, which is the model’s signature, and quad tailpipes. If you want to drive a bit more incognito, a lower-profile rear spoiler is newly available for 2016.
Under the hood, the WRX STI features a 305-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that makes 290 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to reinforced six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy figures check in at an estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. The 2015 redesign did bring suspension and chassis updates, which improves the WRX STI’s already superb handling. The suspension as a whole has been stiffened with thicker stabilizer bars and chassis upgrades improve torsional rigidity by 40-percent. There is an active torque vectoring system, which will apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel when turning to make the car more neutral through the turn, and therefore more stable.
For 2016, the WRX STi adds Subaru’s STARLINK multimedia system that comes with a 6.2-inch touchscreen standard. Upgrading to the optional navigation system found on the higher trim level adds a 7-inch screen and an extra USB port. Standard interior features include a racing-inspired, flat-bottom steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, HD radio, Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, iPod/USB port, and satellite radio. STI Limited models add even more leather, power driver’s seat, Harmon/Kardon premium audio, and a power moonroof.
The WRX STi also adds new safety technology for 2016 and now offers Subaru’s EyeSight system on Limited models. It offers advance safety features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision breaking, lane departure warnings, and new for 2016, lane keep assist. Blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alerts are also available. Standard safety features include seven airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system, traction control, a rearview camera, and active front head restraints.