2015 Subaru WRX

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2015 Subaru WRX
2015 Subaru WRX

New for 2015

The Subaru WRX has been updated for 2015, gaining an updated front fascia, new turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four, a six-speed manual, and a CVT that’s surprisingly good.

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru WRX is a compact high-performance sedan that features all-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine, and a whole lot of fun. The WRX is also available as the WRX STI, which keeps the 2.5-liter flat-four from years past, but makes more power and has an extroverted “look at me” style with its big rear wing. Though a hatchback model was available previously, the current generation of WRX is sedan-only.


The 2015 Subaru WRX is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four, first seen on the Forester XT, which produces 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in this application. Backing up the Boxer engine is a six-speed manual and, for the first time since 2008, an automatic is available in the form of a CVT, which simulates a conventional six- or eight-speed automatic in more aggressive driving depending on the selected transmission program. EPA-estimated fuel economy improves over the outgoing model, with manual-equipped models getting 21/28 mpg city/highway and CVT-equipped just 19/25 mpg. We think it’s a good motivation to learn how to drive a stick-shift. That and the fact that the six-speed WRX is a blast to drive.
The 2015 Subaru WRX doesn’t eschew comfort entirely, offering a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation, heated front seats, automatic climate control, HID low-beam headlights, LED taillights, a power-tilt/sliding-glass moonroof, hands-free keyless acces with push-button start, and optional leather-trimmed upholstery.
The 2015 Subaru WRX has not been crash tested by the NHTSA, although the 2015 Impreza received a five-star overall safety rating, the highest possible rating. The 2015 Subaru WRX is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Subaru WRX and more powerful WRX STI earned itself a place on our 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars list. In our review, we explained, “The formula is the same as ever: Turbocharge the Impreza to within an inch of its life, add a wing and some torque vectoring, and, voilà, you’ve got the STI, a rally car with a license plate and air conditioning.”
In a Driven review of a 2015 WRX we praised the revised suspension saying, “An un-sports-car-like amount of body roll was the price you paid for the old WRX's long suspension travel, but no more, as the new car stays flat through corners … The ride can be busy and impacts are fairly sharp, but the way the WRX turns in aggressively and shrugs off midcorner bumps is impressive. The transformed steering may be the greatest improvement. Never mind that this is now an electric setup; the looseness has been banished, the ratio quickened, and efforts firmed up.”
The new WRX/WRX STI are improved in more than just handling: “The new seats have terrific lateral support. An available power driver's seat and keyless ignition are new. The interior isn't a design knockout; it's businesslike, but the cheapness is gone.” We drove the new CVT-equipped WRX and admitted “it’s not terrible,” but we still prefer the six-speed manual, which has improved shift-quality.
"The best thing about the six-speed 2015 Subaru WRX is the persistent temptation to hoon it out," we wrote in a review. "Once you lay into the throttle and hear the turbocharger's jet-like whistle, engaging the boost becomes an itch you just love to scratch."
With Mitsubishi’s upcoming exit from the compact-turbo-sedan game we’re left with the Subaru WRX (and WRX STI), the upcoming Ford Focus RS, and the Volkswagen Golf R. We can’t wait to see how the segment evolves.

You’ll Like

  • Six-speed manual
  • More powerful and efficient 2.0-liter flat-four
  • Higher-quality interior

You Won’t Like

  • No WRX hatchback anymore
  • Ride can be a bit firm

Key Competitors

  • Ford Focus ST
  • Volkswagen Golf R
  • Honda Civic Si
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


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Turning onto Gingerman Raceway’s front straight, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s front-left tire ran over a snow mound, a thawing remnant from a relentless winter that beat on southwest Michigan. Slush flew through the air and landed on the windshield of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution nipping at the STI’s heels.
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR And 2015 Subaru WRX STI 09
Everything ends eventually, but we’re still caught off guard by landscape-shifting moments -- when inextricable ties break, when a fairy-tale romance fades, or when a raging rivalry flickers.
2015 Subaru WRX Premium Front Three Quarter In Motion 01
My alarm screeches at 5:00 a.m., and it’s not until I see the helmet on my bedside table that I remember why I'm awake so early on a Saturday: track day. Minutes later, I’m manically loading up the trunk of our pearl blue Four Seasons 2015 Subaru WRX with trail mix, water, a torque wrench, a tool kit, and sunscreen. I can’t remember the last time I moved with such efficiency this long before sunrise. The lure of GingerMan Raceway’s first open track day of the season officially has me by the talons.
2015 Subaru WRX STI GRC
Subaru revealed their newest competition-prepped 2015 Subaru WRX STI aimed at competing in the Global RallyCross (GRC) and the X Games rallycross. Called the VT15x, this is the third STI variant in the past four years to be prepped for rallycross with Subaru’s technical partner Vermont SportsCar.

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2015 Subaru WRX Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.0L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
268 hp @ 5600rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 2000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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