2013 Subaru WRX Overview
The 2013 Subaru WRX gets a new name but remains the same as it was in 2012.
Formerly sold as the Impreza WRX, the WRX skipped the makeover the Impreza got last year and is in its final year of the current model version before a scheduled redesign next year. It makes some sense to change the name as the Impreza is a more economy-minded model while the WRX puts an onus on performance.
This focus is apparent from simply looking at the WRX which looks 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 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.
Under the hood is a powerful 265-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The WRX, being a Subaru, puts its power down through a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Fuel economy ratings reflect the WRX’s priority on performance, 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Subaru interiors have always been known to prioritize function over form and the 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.
Safety features include front side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.