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2018 Subaru WRX Overview

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With sporty styling, an impressive powertrain, and luxury features throughout the cabin, the 2018 Subaru WRX is built to impress on every road. Its driver-assist technology works to keep you safe behind the wheel, too.

The 2018 Subaru WRX is available in five trims: WRX, Premium, Limited, STI, and STI Limited.


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2018 Subaru WRX

What’s New for the 2018 Subaru WRX?

Safety and overall visual appeal of the Subaru WRX have been improved for the 2018 model year. The front of the WRX has been completely redone in an effort to give is a sportier, more aggressive style. Safety has been improved with the addition of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Inside the cabin, you can now opt for Recaro front seats with a power driver door, and all trim levels come standard with upgraded interior materials. If you’re looking for a bit more kick, there’s a new Performance Package, too.

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2018 Subaru WRX Exterior

In addition to the redesigned front styling, the Subaru WRX holds an overall athletic stance; a low-profile trunk spoiler adds to the sports-car vibe of the WRX. The base trim comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, but 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are available on higher trim levels. The 2018 WRX also comes with heated side mirrors, two-speed windshield wipers, and projector low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam halogen headlights to improve visibility.

The 2018 Subaru WRX is available in seven exterior colors: WR Blue Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Pearl Blue, Pure Red, and Crystal White Pearl.

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Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX

  • Low-profile trunk spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 235/45 R17 94W summer-performance tires, Heated side mirrors, Exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets, Projector low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam halogen headlights, Two-speed windshield wipers, Body-color power side mirrors, Rear bumper with integrated diffuser, Front and rear under-spoilers

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX Premium
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  • Power-tilt/sliding-glass moonroof, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 245/50 R18 97W summer-performance tires, Windshield wiper de-icer, Halogen fog lights

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX Limited
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  • Auto-on/off headlights, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, LED fog lights

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI
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  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 245/35 R 19 89W summer-performance tires, Body-color power side mirrors with integrated turn signals, STI trunk spoiler

Exterior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited
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  • Same exterior features as the previous model

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2018 Subaru WRX Performance

The WRX packs a solid punch under its hood. The base WRX trim is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This combination produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; the Premium adds an available Sport Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. You can further upgrade the WRX’s performance by upping the trim level. The STI and STI Limited come with a 2.5-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine and a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, producing 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. All trim levels of the WRX are equipped with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

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2018 Subaru WRX Efficiency

For a sports sedan, the 2018 WRX offers drivers exceptional fuel efficiency ratings. The smaller, 2.0-liter engine earns an estimated 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. If you decide to upgrade to the larger 2.5-liter engine, your WRX will earn an estimated 17 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined.

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2018 Subaru WRX Interior

The cabin of the Subaru WRX truly feels like a sports car. The base trim comes with cloth upholstery, but a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching and Sport-designed electroluminescent gauges add to the sporty factor. If you want to opt for more luxurious materials, the STI offers Ultrasuede/leather-trimmed upholstery and the STI Limited comes with Recaro performance-design front seats.

The 2018 Subaru WRX is available in four interior colors and material combinations: Carbon Black Checkered Cloth, Carbon Black Leather, Black Ultrasuede/Carbon Black leather, and Recaro black Ultrasuede/Carbon Black leather.

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Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX

  • Interior: Multi-function display, Illuminated and lockable glove box, Performance-design front seats, Aluminum-alloy pedal covers, Leather-wrapped shifter handle, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback, Gauge needles full-sweet, Sport-design electroluminescent gauges, Sun visors with dual-illuminated vanity mirrors, Tilt/telescoping steering column, Steering wheel controls, Power front and rear windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down, Analog instrument cluster, Leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching, Six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, Center console with LED-illuminated storage tray and 12-volt power outlet, Automatic climate control system, Cloth upholstery, Electronic cruise control
  • Radio and Technology: Six-speaker sound system, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free connectivity, AM/FM/CD player, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 3.5-mm auxiliary jack, Smartphone app integration, STARLINK Multimedia with high-resolution 6.2-inch LCD touchscreen display, USB port/iPod control

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX Premium
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  • Interior: Heated front seats
  • Radio and Technology: Voice-activated controls, STARLINK Multimedia Plus with high-resolution 7-inch LCD touchscreen display, Dual USB ports, Bluetooth text messaging connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, SiruisXM Travel Link

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX Limited
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  • Interior: Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-code vehicle access, Leather-trimmed upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI
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  • Interior: Dual-zone automatic climate control system, Ultrasuede/leather-trimmed upholstery, Six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, STI sport-design electroluminescent gauges, STI-design leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching

Interior features available on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited
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  • Interior: Recaro performance-design front seats, Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Radio and Technology: Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, STARLINK Multimedia Navigation with voice-activated 7-inch multi-touch gesture high-resolution GPS navigation system and integrated audio system, SiriusXM Traffic, Harman Kardon nine-speaker sound system with 440-watt amplifier

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2018 Subaru WRX Safety

As with any performance vehicle, safety is a top priority. The WRX comes standard with Subaru’s infamous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as well as a traction control system to improve handling at high speeds. The 2018 model year also offers all-new EyeSight Driver-Assist Technology. To increase visibility, all trim levels include Daytime Running Lights and a rear-vision camera.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Subaru WRX

  • Height-adjustable three-point front seatbelts
  • Engine immobilizer
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft security system
  • Traction Control System
  • Whiplash protection front seats with height-adjustable head restraints
  • Keyless entry system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system with Brake Assist
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure
  • Driver’s and front passenger’s front airbags, Driver’s knee airbags, Side-curtain airbags, Front-seat side pelvis/torso airbags
  • Rear child-safety locks
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

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