For two years we should expect the redesigned Subaru WRX to come chock full of latest features and technologies including but not limited to lots of premium safety equipment, strong acceleration, standard AWD system, improved traction, and excellent steering and handling. Its release date should be expected sometime later this year.
Some of the fresh features to expect from the WRX include a new special STI edition called the Series Hyper Blue, an upgraded touchscreen interface, and driver assistance packages. The vehicle, just like the previous 2015 model, still comes with similar heaps of power and upscale performance all available at a very pocket friendly price.
The vehicle’s performance is unmatched in its segment, with its acceleration from 0-60 mph even for the standard model being under the six second mark. It is also very fun even at times when the road gets a bit twisty thanks to the available standard all-wheel-drive system, nimble handling, and precise steering. Opting for the new Subaru WRX STI simply ups the ante.
On the flipside, though, the interior appointments aren’t that upscale as you’d expect, and the cabin fails to insulate its occupants from a significant amount of road noise and wind at high speeds. For those who might be turned away from the WRX due to the above downsides, there are several alternatives waiting to be exploited including Minin Cooper JCW, Focus ST, and the VW Golf GTI.
Exterior Changes & Interior Accessories – 2017 Subaru WRX
The five seat sedan configuration is available for both the regular 2017 Subaru WRX and the high-performance STI version. The latter comes in only two trims: base and Limited version, while the WRX comes in three trims: base, Premium, and the plush Limited.
Expect the base WRX to feature automatic climate control, smartphone integration, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a trunk-li spoiler, adjustable driver seat, HD radio, summer performance tires, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, 17” wheels, CD player, StarLink premium sound system, leather wrapped steering wheel, sport front seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, a height-adjsuatble driver seat, cruise control, USB interface, 4.3” vehicle display screen, a rearview camera, and a satellite radio.
Opting for the Premium version of the 2017 Subaru WRX will get you Harman Kardon audio system, an electronic parking brake, a navigation system, steering responsive foglights, blind-spot monitoring, front collision warning system, lane departure warning system, premium sound system, adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert system, lane-keeping assistance sytems, and 7” Starlink screen.
As for the manual-transmission-equipped 2017 Subaru WRX Limited, buyers should expect driver selectable modes that alter the suspension and the differential for different surfaces, a sunroof, a navigation system, Brembo brakes, a more powerful engine, keyless entry, 7” touchscreen interface, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear limited-slip differentials, and premium sound system. Additionally, the above trim can also be ordered together with an EyeSight system, blind-spot detection system, a navigation system, and an optional blind spot monitoring system.
Sticking with the WRX STI gest you a more aggressively-tuned suspension system, a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring system, a rear-limited slip differential, keyless entry, a 7” touchscreen interface, blind-spot monitoring, driver selectable modes, keyless ignition, Brembo brakes, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Lastly, as you’d have guessed, this year has also seen Subaru make available a limited edition model known as Series Hyper Blue that features special interior and exterior trim.
2017 Subaru WRX Engine Specs
Generating a cool 268 hp and 258 pounds of torque is a 2L horizontally opposed turbocharged four-cyl drivetrain available for all the trims. Transmitting power to the all-wheel-drive system is a standard 6-speed manual, while the CVT comes as an option.
In our test drive, posting a speedy 5.4 seconds in an acceleration of 0-60 mph is a manually-equipped WRX, and 5.9 seconds for a CVT-equipped Subaru WRX.
As per the EPA ratings, expect 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined for a manual-equipped Subaru WRX, and 18/24/21 mpg for those with a Continuously Variable Transmission systems.
The game is stepped up with a turbocharged 2.5L engine that produces 305 hp and 290 pounds of torque. It takes 5 seconds from a sprint of 0-60 mph. EPA puts its fuel economy ratings at 17/23/19 mpg.
Subaru WRX For 2017 Price & Release Date
The base WRX should set you back by an MSRP starting from $26,595, and up to $39,995 for the 2017 Subaru WRX STI Limited.