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2018 Subaru WRX

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City 21 MPG Hwy 27 MPG

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Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.7
Exterior 4.8
Interior 4.5
Comfort 4.5
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.9
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Great enthusiast daily driver

by JAAM Design from Mountain city TN | October 06, 2019

What can I say about the 2018 subaru wrx? It is versatile for all your daily needs. It's just fun to drive! Taking the kids to school in a hurry, cruising the beach parking in the sand the awd will pull you right out. Cruising the mountain twisty roads in the fall hearing that turbo spool or hitting the slopes in winter with your friends. Even getting 26-30mpg everywhere. It does everything very well but some things could use a extra touch for instance it handles ok some antiroll sway bars could help for aggressive driving alot of body roll and chassis flex. Now my biggest complaint can be fixed with a cobb accessport if you dont mind voiding warranties. The 18 wrx has a weird factory tune. The powerband is irritating it peaks 22psi of boost @3000rpm to 4000rpm at part throttle and then gets pulled back to 16.5psi threwout no matter how hard you push the throttle down. It says let's play SIKE!!! It's a issue that can be resolved with a simple flash tune but those of us that want to keep the powertrain warranty are forced to live with it. So there you have it my pros and cons to the 2018 SUBARU WRX

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Great car but needs to be tuned, Lots of potential

by Subiedad from California | August 26, 2019

I love the looks, the comfort and reliability. So far it has been running great. But for a turbo 268hp car i feel like the power is held back by the stock tune. The power needs to be unleashed. Especially on 2nd and 3rd gear around 4k rpm you feel a huge rev hang like it wont accelerate faster it just hangs. Pretty disappointed but over all the looks and handling makes up for it. Spend the extra 1k if you want more performance from the STI or just aftermarket tune it.

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Very fun car!

by CarGuy21 from Newport News, VA | July 10, 2019

The low end torque makes it an enjoyable car for driving around town. The direct injection allows it to make great MPG on the highway. There is definitely still turbo lag however, and the stock tune is horrendous. It leaves you feeling like the car is loosing power in the higher RPMs and almost seems to come and go while under full acceleration. Thankfully, the handling is incredible and makes up for some of the flaws of the acceleration.

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2018 Subaru WRX Overview

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The 2018 Subaru WRX is a sporty sedan that was initially based on the Impreza platform. It competes with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST, and Hyundai Veloster. The high-performance WRX STI version will be covered in a separate overview.

Three trims are available: the base model, Premium, and Limited.

Exterior
The front-end of the WRX has race-focused styling, which includes an aggressive fascia, wide front fenders, and a functional hood scoop. However, the rest of the body has more plain sensibilities with a little bit of muscular definition. Standard features include a dual-pipe exhaust system, power/heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels. LED headlights, LED fog lights, a power moonroof, Brembo brakes, and larger 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Under the Hood
The WRX is powered by a standard 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive. Complementing the WRX’s symmetrical all-wheel drive is the Active Torque Vectoring system, which reduces understeer and enhances steering response during sharp turning maneuvers.  Fuel economy for the WRX manual is an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway. It slightly decreases to a 18/24 mpg rating for the WRX CVT.

Interior
The WRX has a standard cloth interior with front bucket seats and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features a standard STARLINK audio system, which includes a 6.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and dual-USB ports. It can be upgraded to a 7-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminum-alloy pedal covers.  Ultrasuede and leather-trim upholstery, a power driver’s seat, Recaro sport seats, and power/heated front seats are available as well. The optional STARLINK Safety and Security System include automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, vehicle diagnostics, and remote services. 

Safety
Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. The WRX has an updated, available EyeSight Driver Assist System, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning. Other available features include a blindspot monitoring system, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert.