- Redesigned for 2015
- Sedan only, no more hatchback versions
- Performance bargain at its price, with 268-hp and all-wheel drive
The 2015 Subaru WRX gets a full redesign for the new model year that delivers a long list of updates to a car that continues to rank highly on the fun per dollar scale.
For 2015, the WRX sheds the Impreza portion of its name, but still shares a wheelbase with the compact sedan. Otherwise, the two cars aren’t alike either in concept or reality; the Impreza is designed to be efficient, while the WRX is a rally car that somehow can still behave on the road. New, sculpted body work hints at the WRX’s rally origins, with a hood scoop, bulging fenders, and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also has sharper headlight clusters, with projector headlights standard and full LED headlights on higher trim levels.
Under the hood, the WRX gets a new engine, a 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder that also produces 258 pounds-feet of torque. There are also two new transmission options, a six-speed manual or a new CVT. Subaru also debuts an Active Torque Vectoring system with the WRX’s symmetrical all-wheel drive, which reduces understeer and enhances steering response during sharp turning maneuvers. Fuel economy figures have improved as well, thanks to a smaller displacement engine and the new transmissions. Manual-equipped models return 21/28 mpg city/highway, while CVT models get 19/25 mpg, both beating last year’s model.
Inside, the WRX’s new interior in pretty minimalist in form and function, with several sporty touches like a flat bottomed steering wheels and seats with plenty of bolstering to keep everyone in their place during more aggressive driving. Standard features include a leather wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/auxiliary audio ports, and satellite radio. Leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a harmon/kardon stereo system are optional.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system, traction control, a rear view camera, and active front head restraints.