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2018 Subaru WRX STI hatchback review


The 2018 Subaru WRX has been upgraded after almost 4 years which is high time. The new WRX STI and WRX come with minor updates through revised suspensions, 19-inch wheels on STIs, new front fascias, upgraded Brembo brakes, and others. However, the cars will be built using the same platform and not the new Subaru Global Platform which can be seen on the new Impreza hatchback and sedan. The 2018 WRX has to compete with VW Golf GTI, Honda Civic Si, Audi S3 and Ford Focus ST.

2018 Subaru WRX STI redesign, facelift

2018 Subaru WRX redesign

Exterior

We would be lying if we said that the new WRX looks different, because the exteriors come with very much similar appearances and looks as its predecessor. The front ends come with large air intakes, new grille designs, and wider mouths. The STI models come with LED headlights which have been redesigned and the front structure bolstered for improved collision performance.

The new brakes on the 2018 WRX STI now come with two pistons in the rear and six pistons in the front. The new pads now cover more surface area which helps in fade resistance and diameter rotors are lager which comes cross-drilled for good management of heat and power. The new STI now comes with a 19-inch Y-spoke aluminum wheels that are sized as 245/35R-19 inch.

2018 Subaru WRX changes interior

Interior

The interiors of the 2018 Subaru WRX feel enhanced with new safety features and other accessories. You will see redesigned interior door grips, new rear armrests with cup holders, changed door seals, added foam in the windshield header, thicker side-window glass, which can help keep the cabin quieter. Display on the dashboard become larger than before, from 4.3-inch on previous model to 5.9-inch. Premium models feature Subaru Starlink media unit with 7.0-inch display, which is also a step forward from its predecessor which had a 6.2-inch display. When it comes to additional feature there are premium sound system with 9-speakers and Keyless Access system with Pin Code Access and Push-button start.

The car also comes with EyeSight camera-based safety which comes with technologies called EyeSight Driver Assist Monitor (EAM) that integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure warning, Pre-Collision braking and Vehicle Hold (AVH). The AVH option is replacement for the Hill Start Assist and Hill Holder. Higher trim levels includes Navigation, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

2018 WRX specs changes

2018 WRX STI engine specs

The main purpose for users to purchase the new 2018 WRX or STI model is its engine and it does not give away. The standard WRX has a direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four that can give out a massive 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The car comes paired with a six-speed manual transmission while the Sport Lineartronic CVT is optional. This automatic gearbox has 6 speeds while manual mode offers 8 speed transmission with paddle shifters mounted on steering wheel.

Under the hood of the STI models you will find 2.5-liter flat (boxer) 4-cylinder powerplant. This turbocharged engine is able to produce 305 horses and 290 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes paired only with 6-speed manual transmission.

Though it is a manual the vehicle comes with a new synchro design which can easily improvise on the feel and friction when riding it. According to the car maker, the clutch has a smoother take up. You will be immensely surprised with the tuning of the suspension and the electrically assisted power steering.

2018 Subaru WRX STI price, release date

2018 Subaru WRX release date and price

The 2018 Subaru WRX can be expected to be offered to is buyers by spring 2017. When it comes to pricing the base WRX starts at $26, 695 while the WRX STI can be buy with MSRP price of $35,195. If you are looking for a powerful engine car that comes from a reputed manufacture then you will want to go with this ultimate machine.

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MODEL|TRANSMISSION|MSRP
WRX|6MT|$26,695
WRX Premium|6MT|$28,995
WRX Premium|CVT|$30,195
WRX Limited|6MT|$30,995
WRX Limited|CVT|$32,195
WRX STI|6MT|$35,195
WRX STI Limited – Wing|6MT|$39,995
WRX STI Limited- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler|6MT|$39,995
WRX Crosstrek|CVT|$25,595
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Standard WRX Model|–
Standard WRX Premium Model|–
7.0” MultiMedia Audio w/harman/kardon amplifier and speakers|$1,600
Standard WRX Limited Model|–
WRX Limited Navigation System + harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start + Blind Spot Detection+ Rear Cross Traffic Alert|$2,600
Navigation System + Harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start + Blind Spot Detection + Rear Cross Traffic Alert + EyeSight|$3,795
Standard WRX STI Model|–
Base WRX STI Navigation System + harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start + Blind Spot detection + Rear Cross Traffic Alert|$2,600
Standard WRX STI Limited Model|–
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