2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Review | Edmunds.com

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Review of the Subaru Impreza WRX

Although still wildly entertaining to the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI are showing their age as newer hot hit the market.

Full 2013 Impreza WRX Review

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What’s New for 2013

The Subaru WRX returns unchanged for 2013.

In all honesty, we were hoping to be an all-new 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI in this space. By all accounts, the new models would have based on the redesigned Impreza debuted last year. We hoping that the improvements in efficiency and interior quality have carried over to the but alas, we must wait yet year.

To the Subaru ‘s the WRX and STI still offer thrilling even as they start ride off into the sunset. The WRX generates 265 horsepower and features a and balanced chassis that for hard cornering on a track or on canyon roads. Then the added benefit of all-wheel to help improve traction in weather or while powering out of tight corners.

The WRX STI further enhances performance a more powerful turbo kicks output up to 305 hp, plus differentials both front and to get that power to the pavement.

of performance, however, the 2013 Impreza WRX and WRX STI come up short of the A certain lack of refinement is noticeable within the interior, hard plastics abound and the fit and seems unimpressive. The navigation and systems are also a sore as they suffer from performance and frustrating controls.

In contrast, the new 2013 Ford ST provides a much nicer with up-to-date electronics. The ST doesn’t out-perform the WRX in terms of numbers, but it’s just as to drive at full throttle. The appointed 2013 Volkswagen GTI is worth checking out, it is even more outclassed by the WRX it comes to performance.

The even sharper WRX STI variant of Subaru gets you into a sporting class altogether, and at level its archrival 2013 Lancer Evolution comes play.

With the likelihood of a improved WRX and STI set to debut next we find it hard to recommend a model. At the very least, wait to see what finally If time is of the essence, we’d shoppers toward the aforementioned

Body Styles, Trim and Options

The 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI models are available in either or five-door hatchback body The WRX is offered in base, Premium and trims, regardless of body The Limited trim is available on the but only as a sedan.

Standard WRX include 17-inch alloy with summer tires, a suspension, cruise control, power accessories, automatic control, cloth upholstery, front seats, a height-adjustable seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering 60/40 split-folding rear a leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob, Bluetooth phone and audio and a six-speaker CD player iPod connectivity and auxiliary input.

Upgrading to the Premium trim foglights, a sunroof, a trunk lid (for sedan models), mirrors, a windshield wiper and heated front seats. trims further benefit xenon headlights and leather

The WRX STI trim adds a more engine, 18-inch BBS wheels, brakes, front and rear differentials, SI-Drive vehicle an even more aggressively suspension and a bigger hood along with xenon foglights (for hatchbacks), seats and faux-suede and leather The WRX STI Limited sedan adds different 18-inch wheels, a and leather upholstery.

A touchscreen system is available on all WRX and STI models and includes voice activation, traffic, text messaging and satellite radio.

Powertrains and Performance

Powering the Subaru Impreza WRX is a turbocharged horizontally opposed boxer that produces 265 hp and 244 pound-feet of A five-speed manual transmission and system are standard. In Edmunds a WRX went from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 which is the quickest time similarly priced high-performance

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg mpg highway and 21 mpg in combined driving.

The STI a version of the same engine up to 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed is standard. It went from to 60 in a blistering 4.5 seconds and achieves economy of 17/23/19.

Every Subaru Impreza WRX comes with stability and traction antilock disc brakes, assist, front side and side curtain airbags. In brake testing, the WRX came to a in an excellent 114 feet, while the STI did it in an better 106 feet.

In government crash tests, the WRX was four out of a possible five for overall, frontal and side Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Safety bestowed its highest rating of Good in the frontal-offset, and roof strength tests.

Design and Special Features

a priority placed on performance, the Subaru Impreza WRX suffers it comes to interior quality. The design is decent enough, but is with cheaper, hard trim. Furthermore, opting for the system will also get you of frustration, as the menus and operation of the system are unintuitive and complicated.

also worth noting sound quality from the is disappointing.

There is, however, of room inside the cabin for and cargo. Generous head- and provide enough space for adults, and the front seats aggressive bolstering to keep securely anchored to their when cornering. When it to hauling stuff, the hatch can up to 19 cubic feet of cargo.

Folding the rear seats that space to a generous 44 The sedan is no slouch, either, its 11.3-cubic-foot trunk.

The 2013 Impreza WRX offers an impressive of performance for the money, featuring power and tenacious cornering thanks to its firm suspension and performance tires. The WRX STI kicks it up a few notches with limited-slip front and rear, powerful brakes, a six-speed manual and truly thrilling acceleration the throttle is wide open. quality for either version is considering the performance, but some might object to the extra of road noise.

Both WRX are wildly entertaining to drive but in the face of newer, more competition, their former has dulled quite a bit. And the likelihood of a new crop of WRXs on the we suggest shoppers postpone purchase.

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