2015 Subaru WRXSport-tech Package (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan

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...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.
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A new electric power-steering system is tuned to perfection; whirl the flat-bottomed 14.5-inch wheel, and the nose knifes into corners precisely and predictably.
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The Subaru WRX is a performance oriented four-door sport sedan.

Flared fenders, hood scoop and a wider stance emphasize this cars very real performance credentials. The WRX is available in three trims: Base, Premium, Limited. A 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed turbocharged four-cylinder engine sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission (an eight-speed CVT is optional). Standard front seat mounted, and front and rear curtain airbags offer occupant protection. Standard anti-lock brakes with traction-control and stability-control help reign the chassis in while driving at the limit. Available features include heated seats, leather or Alcantara seating, power driver's seat, navigation and harman kardon audio.

The WRX is all-new for 2015. 'Impreza' has been dropped from the naming convention. The hatch body-style is no longer offered.


Re-engineered fourth-generation reaches greater heights.


The 2015 Subaru WRX comes out swinging with its racy brother the WRX STI.Subaru is calling them all new, fairly enough, although it's not a redesign, just a complete going-over, with many changes to the chassis, body, engine, transmission and brakes.It handles, performs, and looks better than ever.

We got one week of seat time in a 2015 Subaru WRX STI, followed by another week in a base 2015 Subaru WRX, and they're very different cars.It was interesting to drive the hotrod first, because our view moved from the extreme to the restrained, and usually the comparison builds upward.Before you choose one or the other, the important thing is to know yourself.After that it's easy.It's hard to go wrong with either sedan.They deliver what they promise.

The 2015 WRX comes only as a hot-looking sedan; gone is the five-door box.The new body is the same width and height, with standard 17-inch wheels, while having a wheelbase one inch longer.The interior offers more space and the cabin offers more comfort, improved materials, and new standard technologies (e.g.rearview camera), and there's now an optional nine-speaker 440-watt harman/kardon premium audio system.

The torsional rigidity of the chassis, the core of any car, has been increased by 41 percent for 2015, with more high tensile-strength steel and bracing at key points.There's a new electronic power steering system with a ratio tightened ratio of 14.5:1, and 235/45 R17 Dunlop sport tires.Electronic improvements to the chassis include torque vectoring for truer cornering under power.

The 2015 WRX's 268-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection twin-scroll turbocharged boxer engine has new camshafts and valve springs, with 258 pound-feet of torque remarkably and wonderfully spread across a vast power band from 2000 to 5200 rpm.

There are two WRX transmissions, both new for 2015.Standard is a 6-speed manual, replacing the old 5-speed (the STI gets its own 6-speed manual).It's designed for high performance, with carbon synchronizers in first and second gears.It's also designed for better highway fuel mileage, with 5th and 6th gears being tall overdrives, having ratios of 0.780 and 0.666.Even 4th gear is overdrive, at 0.972.

This transmission combines with Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.A viscous coupling locking center differential distributes torque 50:50 until more traction is needed at the front or rear.

The other transmission is more of a gentleman's tranny, called a performance automatic by Subaru; its proper name is Sport Lineartronic, and it's a CVT under cover, with eight steps when in Sport Sharp mode, six when in the other two modes.Shifting either automatically or with paddles, it combines with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), allowing the driver to choose Intelligent, Sport, or Sport Sharp modes, using a switch on the flat-bottom steering wheel.

The Sport Lineartronic uses the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.A planetary gear-type center differential and an electronically controlled hydraulic transfer clutch distribute torque between the front and rear wheels.Under most conditions, VTD splits the torque 45:55, with the rearward torque bias helping turn the car in corners.The VTD system continually adjusts torque distribution according to sensor input from steering, yaw and g-forces.

Curiously, EPA-estimated fuel mileage in the WRX is better with the manual transmission than with the CVT.Ever since CVTs were invented, we've been hearing that their benefit is efficiency, but not here.With the 6-speed manual, the mileage is rated at 21/28/24 mpg City/Highway/Combined; with the CVT it's 19/25/21 mpg.Also, note: 91 octane fuel is recommended.Performance, if not long-term reliability, will suffer with Regular gasoline.Today's direct injection engines have higher compression ratios (the WRX is 10.6:1) and many of them need Premium fuel.

The STI uses a bigger boxer engine, a 2.5-liter twin-turbo making 305 horsepower, mated to its own 6-speed manual transmission, with controllable center differential to adjust traction under power, and multi-mode vehicle dynamics control.The STI suspension is considerably firmer and its handling quicker, with stiffer springs and a 13.0:1 steering ratio, and there's a big Brembo brakes package.Inside, there are Alcantara leather seats with red stitching, and outside the styling is exclusive, with aggressive lines in the hood, fenders, doors, panels, bumpers, headlights and taillights.


The 2015 Subaru WRX lineup includes three WRX models and three STI models: WRX ($26,295), WRX Premium ($28,495), and WRX Limited ($29,995); STI ($34,495), STI Launch Edition ($37,395) and STI Limited ($38,495).

Standard equipment on the WRX ($26,295) includes the 258-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine with 6-speed manual transmission, new central display with 4.3-inch LCD screen and rearview camera, 6-speaker sound system with single CD and HD radio, iPod and iTunes tagging, and Bluetooth.Option packages include navigation with 6.1-inch screen and the premium sound system, and keyless entry/pushbutton start ($2500), or just navigation and audio ($2000) or navigation and keyless ($1500).The WRX Premium ($28,495) adds a power moonroof, fog lights, low rear spoiler, and weather package with heated front seats, sideview mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer.WRX Limited ($29,995) adds leather, 8-way power driver's seat, mood lighting, and LED low-beam headlamps.The Sport Lineartronic CVT transmission is optional for the Premium and Limited ($1200).

WRX STI ($34,495) uses a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, controllable center differential, multi-mode vehicle dynamics, leather seats with red stitching, and its own aggressive sheetmetal.Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, the All-Weather Package, 6-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth.There will be 1000 models of the STI Launch Edition ($37,395), all coming in traditional WR competition Blue Pearl with gold 18-inch BBS alloy wheels.Inside there's blue lighting, pushbutton starting and a short-throw shifter for the 6-speed gearbox.STI Limited ($38,495) adds luxury leather, power moonroof, 8-way power driver's seat, and the 440-watt harman/kardon premium audio system.


With no five-door model in the lineup, the 2015 WRX can lay claim to sophisticated sedan styling, if not elegance in this hotrod.Sophisticated in an edgy sort of way, that is.It defines bold and aggressive without exaggerating it.It's got a new dark hexagonal grille and deeper front spoiler, with standard 17-inch wheels that emphasize the wide stance.The windshield is considerably raked, with the bottom of the A-pillar eight inches farther forward than before.

The front profile is rakish, with the grille flanked by narrow headlights designed to evoke a raptor's stare.The foglights are set in faux carbon fiber, with nearby vertical mesh vents.The functional hood scoop that flows air to the turbocharger intercooler is lower and more low-key than before, and provides better visibility.

All the sheetmetal is new for 2015: hood, fenders, rear doors and quarter panels, plus the headlights.Rear LED taillights, center brake light, and lip spoiler complement the styling.

The STI is another animal.If the WRX struggles to be subtle in its styling, the STI shouts to be stared at with its super-aggressive sheetmetal including a humongous rear wing reminiscent if not quite as high-flying as the 1970 Plymouth Superbird.


That one-inch increase in the wheelbase for 2015 yields two more inches of rear legroom.The raked and narrowed A-pillar and lower dashboard increases visibility, although a half-inch of headroom is lost from a higher seating position, as overall height of the car is unchanged.Lower side sills and wide doors ease climbing in and out of the car, as does the new and way cool flat-bottom steering wheel, with switches for audio and Bluetooth.

The view from the 2015 WRX driver's seat makes you feel part of the world, makes you want to wave to the fans on the sidewalk giving you thumbs-up at the cruise-in.Especially if you're in an STI, with that humongous rear wing instantly gaining admiration especially from teenage boys.However the coolest thing about the wing is looking under it, through the rearview mirror.It's like looking under a bridge.Visibility is not hampered one bit, unusual for high-performance cars that typically have poor rearward visibility.

You can hear the traffic on the bridge.Well, that's what it sounds like in the STI, with road noise being pretty high from the 245/50R18 summer performance tires.But anyone who buys an STI won't much worry about it.

The trunk increases from 11.3 cubic feet to 12.0, while the standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat enables the WRX to carry things like half a dozen 2x4s, if you're willing to stack them on the center console.

The standard seats in our WRX were excellent, maybe the best ever, so, importantly, the $26,295 base WRX is eminently enjoyable.The seats are covered in a new high-grip fabric and feature adjustable whiplash-reducing head restraints.

Meanwhile the leather seats in our $37,395 STI Launch Edition were fantastic.One brief and curious note, inseparable from seat comfort: The suspension in the STI is rock-firm at all times, but never rock-hard; while the suspension in the WRX is softer but hits rock-hard on speed bumps, and you feel it through the fabric.

Overall the materials in the 2015 WRX models are richer, with soft-touch for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest.There are plenty of cubbies for things, and good door pockets.On the Premium model, the alloy pedals, red stitching on the leather-wrapped shift lever, and faux carbon-fiber on the center stack are nice touches.

The center stack holds a 4.3-inch LCD screen to display all the vehicle functions, including the rearview camera, audio (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth, and climate control.

In the STI, the instrument layout features a 3.5-inch LCD central screen to display various functions, including arcane info such as how much washer fluid remains.It also tells you what gear you're in, even with a manual transmission.There's also a boost gauge and center differential information, as if there's ever much need to know or use that perpetually moving information.

It's all so busy, both on the center stack and over the steering column.A whole lot of red numbers and lines on the speedo and tach.Bars too, although the white digital speedometer is good.But sometimes there's so much information on display that it can be bewildering and/or distracting.WRX and STI are not alone with this issue.

Driving Impression

It was odd driving the STI before the WRX, and making the comparison down, not up.Bottom line: You'll have to want an awful lot of performance to feel like the WRX isn't enough.If you take the WRX out of context, meaning don't compare it to the STI, it looks and feels plenty like a performance car.Still, in the WRX you can relax and almost forget sometimes that you're in a high-performance car.

Although most of the time you can't forget, thanks to the throaty and hollow-sounding exhaust, distinctively Subaru.We're still talking about the WRX.The STI has a different exhaust note, slightly louder, but the WRX definitely holds its own in the audible statement department.

The suspension in the STI never lets you forget what kind of car you're in.It's world class.It does not jar you, just constantly over every ripple in the road reminds you that this is as tight and good as it gets, for a car that's driven on the road.The suspension, and handling too, beg for track days.If you buy an STI and don't take it to the track, you're abusing it by wasting it.

What's more, those leather seats in our STI Launch Edition were perfectly designed and padded, for the car.You can live with this car every day.

If you can live with the attention-grabbing wing, that is.It grabs so much attention that we were stopped for going 76 mph on a wide-open freeway, posted 65 but the flow of traffic more like 75.We got away with just a warning.It served its effect.It warned us that there's no sneaking under the radar with this car.

The WRX (with the CVT) feels bigger and heavier than the STI, because it's not so quickly responsive.There's more room in the suspension and more room in the steering, with its 14.5 ratio compared to the STI's 13.0.That's what throws the perception off; 14.5:1 is way quick, but when you feel 14.5 after a week at 13.0, it makes the car feel bigger.

Another thing is the CVT, or properly called the Sport Lineartronic automatic.In automatic Intelligent mode, when you'd like to forget it, it's programmed to upshift so early (to save gas) that it feels like the engine is lugging.No chance, with its max torque of 258 pound-feet available from 2000 rpm, but that's what the dyno charts say, not what the seat of your pants tell you at 20 mph when the car climbs into 4th gear.

We drove out in the country to our favorite stretch of curves where the sheriff rarely goes, put our WRX Premium's CVT into Sport Sharp to gain all its eight speeds, and had a go.In the end, we'll take the 6-speed manual that comes standard in the WRX, based on our loving it in the STI.That's not to say that the CVT isn't smooth, in fact it might be too smooth.When you upshift with the paddles you can barely feel it.That's good, we guess.

We went back to that same stretch of curves in the STI, and woohoo baby! It dances on patchy rough pavement because of its rigidity, and there's some torque steer despite the electronic torque vectoring system, but the dance doesn't threaten to take over.In fact it makes pushing more fun.It's a twitch, not a sway.The Vehicle Directional Control makes it impossible to spin out, which is dangerously confidence-inspiring; it doesn't make you immortal, as it's not impossible to crash by running off the road.

The 6-speed gearbox is a dream, with its short-throw linkage that's standard in the Launch Edition and available in other models, including the base WRX.The clutch and alloy pedals do heel-and-toe downshifts beautifully, every one perfect for us.The upshifts too went neatly, but apparently we should have done more of them.Curiously, with the windows up, the engine is so quiet at 6000 rpm, and the rev limiter so soft, that you don't even know you're there.What's more, the tach is partly obscured by the flat-bottom steering wheel, so you can't see the needle at 6000 rpm, located at about 4 o'clock on the face.Racecar tachs are rotated so redline is straight up at 12 o'clock, which would be a fix for the STI.


This new generation carries both the WRX and STI forward in performance, looks, comfort and civility.Both engines are rave-worthy, 268 hp for the WRX and 305 hp for the STI.The 6-speed manual transmission shifts so well that we like it more than the Sport Lineartronic Automatic, a paddle-shifting CVT.The WRX offers a smoother ride, but it's sharp over speedbumps; the STI is perfectly super-firm at all times.

Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drives of the WRX and STI near Portland, Oregon.

Model Lineup

Subaru WRX ($26,295), WRX Premium ($28,495), WRX Limited ($29,995); STI ($34,495), STI Launch Edition ($37,395), STI Limited ($38,495).

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Subaru WRX Premium Automatic ($29,695).
ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Premium Brand SpeakersHarman/kardon
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers9
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimSimulated carbon fibre
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).34 cD
Front Head Room946 mm
Front Hip Room1,326 mm
Front Leg Room1,105 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,412 mm
Front track1,530 mm
Overall height1,475 mm
Overall Length4,595 mm
Overall Width1,795 mm
Rear Head Room942 mm
Rear Hip Room1,348 mm
Rear Leg Room900 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,377 mm
Rear track1,540 mm
Wheelbase2,650 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
4WD TypeFull-time
Axle ratio4.11
Axle ratio3.90
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Locking HubsPermanent
Compression Ratio10.60 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationFlat
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power268 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque350 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Fuel Consumption
City11.1 L/100 km
Highway8.3 L/100 km
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersH-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Boost GaugeBoost gauge
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeSport
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeDouble wishbone
stabilizer barFront and rear
Navigation systemWith voice activation
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingW
Width235 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxilliary engine coolerRegular
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size6.1"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place340 L
Curb weight1,520 kg
EPA interior volume2,644 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Gross vehicle weight2,000 kg
Ground clearance125 mm
Max cargo capacity340 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeGrey aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Heated Windshield Washer JetsWiper park
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather upholstery
Power driver seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Sport steering wheel
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering
Sport suspension

2015 Subaru WRX Sport-tech Package (M6) 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan, Red Deer, Alberta

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