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2018 Subaru WRX Starts at $27,855

Refreshed model goes on sale this spring

The 2018 Subaru WRX goes on sale this spring with a starting price of $27,855, up $340 from last year. Base STI models are priced from $36,955, a $940 increase.

For 2018, the WRX and STI receive styling updates, increased sound deadening for a quieter cabin, and an overhauled suspension for improved handling and ride comfort. Subaru also tweaked the shifter and electric power steering for smoother operation in the WRX. All models in the WRX/STI lineup come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

The base Subaru WRX is a bit more expensive than some rivals, including the Ford Focus ST ($25,650) and Volkswagen GTI ($26,415). Similarly, the upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Si is expected to start in the mid-$20,000 range.

The base WRX, only available with a manual transmission, adds heated exterior mirrors to its lineup of standard features this year. Meanwhile, the Premium WRX boasts a new 7.0-inch infotainment system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Premium models start at $30,155 with the manual, or $31,355 with the CVT. These prices are up $340 from the previous WRX Premium. Buyers can also upgrade with a $2,050 Performance package, which adds a Recaro driver seat, red-painted brake calipers, and upgraded brake pads while deleting the moonroof to save weight. This package is offered exclusively on Premium models with the six-speed manual.

WRX Limited models, which boast a new 10-way power driver seat with lumbar and LED headlights and fog lights, start at $32,455 with the manual and $33,655 with the CVT. Both are $640 more expensive this year. On manual models, a navigation package brings a Harman/Kardon audio system, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert for an extra $2,100. On those with the CVT, EyeSight safety technologies and navigation can be had for $3,300.

While WRX models come standard with a 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine making 268 hp, the STI upgrades to a 2.5-liter turbo boxer engine with 305 hp and paired exclusively to the six-speed manual. The STI model receives upgraded Brembo brakes and a few other minor upgrades for the new model year. Limited models, which get standard Recaro seats, are priced from $41,755, up $940.