Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Admittedly, my only prior experience with the WRX was a decade ago when a pair of rich kids would show up to our street races with their second-generation maize WRX and blue STi – whipping the pants off most of the competition. Any other memories were of the ever-so-present rally cars on the internet and television with likes of Ken Block behind the wheel. Apparently, I’m a little behind the times because in 2015 Subaru is into their fourth generation of the WRX and upon first sight, my initial reaction was that of curiosity and intrigue because when I heard WRX, I expected something much different.
From the exterior, the profile view of the WRX reminds me of a Corolla with a big nose and little rear end. As you walk around towards the front, its becomes apparent that this vehicle is far from a Corolla with the prominent, protruding front fenders, sleek body kit and menacing front fascia. The wide-mouth hood scoop is an instant reminder that you’re not only looking at Subaru, but a fast one at that. The only thing missing on the exterior that I think would tie in the look is some sort of mild spoiler – nothing as high profile as the STI – but just something to make it look as sporty as it actually is but I figured Subaru may have been going for the ‘sleeper’ look which I certainly embrace.
The interior was as to be expected with nothing jumping out at you in a negative or positive way. Everything seems to flow well and is ergonomically satisfying. The racing-style seats are actually pretty comfortable and certainly hold you tight when testing the cornering capabilities of the WRX. My test car was an automatic which even though isn’t very popular among typical enthusiasts, I had no problem with it in the traditional sense but did experience some annoyances but we’ll get to that later. The head unit was rudimentary yet quite capable of doing what I needed it to do. I would have liked a larger display for track information but that type of stuff really isn’t expected in this type of vehicle. I enjoyed the boost gauge the most in the interior as I would watch it sink down into the -10 psi range and ultimately climb as high as +20 psi – again and again.
Speaking of boost, I have always despised turbos and loved superchargers. There’s something about turbo lag that I can’t wrap my head around because at least in stock form, it seems useless compared to the instant power of a super charger. That being said, once you get used to the turbos spooling up, driving this car is quite fun. By the end of my test time, I was actually more concerned that I would be seeing blue lights behind me before it was all said and done. (I didn’t, thankfully!) In regards to handling, the WRX is a like a go kart and the suspension is STIFF. Going over speed bumps is not for the faint of heart or those with previous sports injuries. Overall, the WRX does not feel stock and there is definitely something respectable about a factory vehicle that feels modified.
What ties it all into together for me is the price. At right around $31k fully-loaded, the WRX Limited is simply a steal for those in the market for something fun, agile while keeping its character in tact.
Power: 268hp, 258 lb.-ft.
0-60: 5.5 sec (est)
Gas Cash: 19 City, 25 Hwy
Miles Driven: 300