What is the Best Performance Subaru Model?

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Subaru is well-known for its capable all-wheel-drive vehicles like the Outback and Forester. However, the Japanese automaker has also carved a name for itself with performance models. Available now in the current Subaru lineup is the WRX and WRX STI. The WRX made its performance name outside of North America before finally becoming available in the U.S. and Canada in 2002.

The current WRX was redesigned in 2014 and is based on the last Impreza generation. The standard WRX offers potent performance for driving enthusiasts, and the STI version adds even more. A 2.0-liter boxer engine is the standard powerplant for the WRX trim. This four-cylinder turbo offers 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. If you move up to the STI, you'll get a 2.5-liter with 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on both trims and a Lineartronic CVT is an available option.

As the WRX is a performance car, most drivers will probably prefer the manual transmission to experience optimum engagement. The WRX offers standard AWD as well. The performance specs don't allow the WRX to be the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the market, but that is to be expected. A manual WRX typically gets about 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. Higher octane fuel is recommended for the WRX with 91 being the minimum required, but 93 octane is recommended.

The 2019 Subaru WRX has a base price of $27,195 MSRP without options. The Premium trim starts around $29,500 and the Limited is priced around $31,795. If you go for the high-performance STI, then you're looking at a base price of $36,595. While the STI version takes the excitement to another level, the standard WRX is plenty fast. If you opt for a higher trim level, you can also get larger wheels and nice options like LED headlamps and leather sport seats.

Visit our dealership today to find out more about the Subaru WRX and WRX STI. Take one for a test-drive to experience these Subaru performance models for yourself.

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