With an all-new WRX looming on the horizon, you can’t expect Subaru to give the current version a major overhaul. Which is why the 2014 model comes with no significant changes over the last year’s model. Still, you get a lot of performance for your cash.
The all-wheel-drive WRX is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled four-cylinder BOXER engine produces 265-horsepower and 244 lb.-ft. of torque and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Standard equipment on the well-appointed sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity and iPod control.
As for the pricing, WRX kicks off from $25,995 (for both the four-door sedan and the five-door model), and goes up to $28,495 for the WRX Premium that comes with a few more bells and whistles such as fog lights, a power moonroof, rear spoiler, hated seats, etc. There is also a WRX Limited model that costs $29,495 and comes with leather upholstery and xenon lights, but navigation is sill a $1,100 option.
Then we have the WRX STI, the hard-core performance-minded model, featuring a 305-horsepower turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission, performance suspension and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD), Brembo brakes, and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
This one starts from $34,495 for WRX sedan and $37,845 for WRX Limited sedan, and $36,495 for the WRX five-door hatchback that comes in one trim. All WRX STI models include as standard HID headlights and the All-Weather Package, with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.