Subaru have gone from what was once almost a niche brand to taking on some of the biggest manufacturers worldwide. They only really found fame when Colin McRae starting showing the world just what a Subaru (in the right hands) could do.
Soon after that, they started becoming iconic with the younger generation, 200+ BHP and an oddly weird soundtrack (thanks to the flat-four turbo), they became a hooligans auto.
Today, Subaru are respectable, fast (ish) cars that are owned by everyone from young tearaways to old women.2017 Subaru WRX Release date
Availability and Price
The 2017 Subaru WRX is already on the dealers forecourts, they have been for some time. Not sure just what you want? Go online and have a look at the configuration tool.
There is quite a wide variety of prices, of course different options or trim levels will make an enormous difference to the amount of money that you’ll be paying out, but here’s the headlines: the base model WRX will cost you around $27,000, the fully loaded flagship Limited STi will cost you nearly $41,000.
Subaru WRX Received New Gadgets
Not that much has changed between the ’16 and ’17 model years, the upgrades mainly center around the equipment fitted, or more precisely, the equipment fitted in each trim level.
Of course, you can add extras to the base model; the ‘Navigation’ option adds a larger touchscreen (7”), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts and push button start, but that’s a $2,600 option.
You also have the LinearTronic CVT system, it costs $1,200 but does include ‘EyeSight’ – the Subaru camera system, thanks to that, you’ll also get adaptive cruise control, forward collision alerts, automatic braking (including in reverse) and lane departure warning.
The equipment fitted in the base model has been upgraded though, we now have a 6.2” touchscreen infotainment system, USB ports, Bluetooth, HD radio and Sirius XM.
Under the hood, the base mode still comes with a flat-four turbo charged 2.0 liter, which is enough to produce 268 BHP, of course, driving all four wheels. If you’re looking for something a little more sporty, you’ll need the WRX STi, which comes with a 2.5 liter flat-four turbo, this makes just over 300 BHP (305).
When Manual is Better
Transmission is a 6-speed manual in the base model, CVT is available further up the range, as an option, but in all honesty, it really isn’t good; if it wasn’t for the extra tech fitted with the CVT option, we’d leave it well alone.
|2017 Subaru WRX MT|
|Engine type||DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharged|
|Power/torque||268 hp; 258 lb-ft|
|Cargo volume||12 cu ft|
|Top speed||144 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $27,600-$33,200 (est)|
|Competitors: Ford Focus ST, VW Golf GTI|