2016 Subaru WRX Limited

Where is the track now?. Fast and could be furious sedan.

  • Likes
  • Sportiness
  • Performance
  • Dislikes
  • Rough daily driver

Redesigned for 2015, the rally car-esque Subaru WRX carries over with few changes for 2016.

The WRX still has all-wheel drive, a turbocharged flat-4 engine and somewhat loud styling with fender flares and hood-scoops, but the current model is much more refined and handles on on pavement much better than previous iterations.

The WRX engine is now a 2.0-liter, direct-injected unit, with a reasonable 258 horsepower. Helped by the all-wheel-drive traction, it’s capable of good acceleration times, although these require a willingness to drop the clutch at high RPM and mash the throttle like a maniac. In corners, the WRX likewise rewards intense driving, with some trail braking required to overcome the nose-heavy sedan’s inertia. Balance, however, is much improved over the older Subaru WRX and STi models, and this sedan feels much more sports car-like, with a stiff structure and little body roll. The 6-speed manual’s shifter is positive and direct, and the electrically-assisted steering is quick and precise and gives above average feedback.

The 2016 Subaru WRX is now a rewarding drivers’ car, not just a fast economy car. As a bonus, the 2015-and-up Subaru WRX now has advanced safety and comfort features, including a standard back-up camera. As with many recent Subaru models, crash test results are impressive, especially considering the WRX’s low price. For under $27,000 brand new, it’s hard to beat the WRX’s combination of performance, practical utility (it comes with a folding rear seat and generous interior room) and economy. Rated at 20/27 mpg city/highway with the optional CVT, we actually came close to those numbers in our LA commute test, which is rare especially in a modern turbocharged car.

Warranty/Service: 3 yr/36,000 mi basic, 5 yr/60,000 mi powertrain

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Specs

Base Price: $31,595

As Tested: $31,595

  • 20 / 27 mpg
  • EPA
  • 268 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged DI BOXER® four-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 268 hp
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission: Sport Lineartronic™
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 in
  • Length: 180.9 in
  • Turning circle: 35.4 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated disc with ABS
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
  • Traction: traction and stability control standard; can be turned off
  • EPA City: 20 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 27 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 23 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: EyeSight® safety suite

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