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2021 Subaru WRX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 10, 2020

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The Subaru WRX is an exceptional vehicle that was primarily built to dominate the rally universe, and it did stand strong on the expectations. Speaking of the current times, the Subaru WRX is being carried forward to the model year 2021 without any major changes and would still be part of the fourth-generation introduced back in 2014. Since the Subaru WRX is expected to get a major revamp in the model year 2022, not investing significant time in the 2021 model seems a rational choice. 

2021 Subaru WRX

However, there is a change, which is (hold your breath) that the Premium trim of the 2021 Subaru WRX will now come standard with passive hands-free entry and push-button start features. There are a few shortcomings on the WRX, starting with the basic interiors that feel rather dull, and the fatter tires that account for increased cabin noise. Hope all the glitches to get ironed out with the 2022 update of the Subaru WRX, but for now, customers who own the 2020 Subaru WRX can be relieved since the upgrade is not very significant. 

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Pros

Insane handling dynamics

Superb AWD offers immense traction

Authoritative accleration

Cons

Interiors can do better

Cabin insulation is not the very best.

What's New?

The 2021 Subaru WRX Premium trim gets passive hands-free entry and push-button start


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Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Styles

2021 Subaru WRX in Crystal White Pearl color 2021 Subaru WRX in Ice Silver Metallic color 2021 Subaru WRX in Lapis Blue color 2021 Subaru WRX in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Crystal White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.8

Competition

8.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Subaru WRX Base

Base

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$27,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $27,495 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Manual all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru WRX Premium

Premium

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$29,795 - $31,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $29,795 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Manual all wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,695 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
Continuously Variable w/Manual Shift all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru WRX Limited

Limited

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$32,095 - $33,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $32,095 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Manual all wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $33,995 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Flat 4, Premium unleaded (required)
Continuously Variable w/Manual Shift all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru WRX Premium w/Performance package

Premium w/Performance package

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$32,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD w/Performance Package (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $32,645 MSRP (21/23/27) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Apart from this basic configuration, the Subaru WRX is also available in a more devious form, known as the 2021 Subaru WRX STI, which we review separately. The WRX STI gets a bigger engine, belting out 310 hp, which is enough to propel the 2021 Subaru WRX STI from 0-60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds

Coming to the pricing factor, though there has been no official word about the prices of the 2021 Subaru WRX, we expect them to slightly increase, as compared to the prices of the 2020 Subaru WRX. Considering this, we expect the prices of the 2021 Subaru WRX to start from $29,000. Whereas, expect the prices of the 2021 Subaru WRX STI to initiate from $36,995. 

The 2021 Subaru WRX will be launched by the mid of 2021 and will go against its segment rivals like the Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, and the Ford Fusion. Here’s our review of the 2021 Subaru WRX.


6.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition


2021 Subaru WRX Features

6.5/10

The Subaru WRX is offered in 3 trim levels. They are namely Base, Premium and Limited. Apart from the trim levels there is nothing much in terms of options. Customers are limited to engine options and all models come with a 2.0L turbocharged boxer 4 engine. However customers can go out an opt for some of the convenience features offered by Subaru.

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

MSRP (AWD)

$29,000

$31,000

$33,000

Key Features

Track-tuned suspension

Adds/Upgrades to WRX

Adds/Upgrades to WRX Premium

 

SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

18-inch alloy wheels

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security

 

Symmetrical AWD

Available power tilt/sliding moonroof

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

 

Climate control

All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 

19-inch alloy wheels

Available Sport Lineartronic transmission

10-way power driver's seat

 

Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring

Available Performance Package

Available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

 

SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

Available GPS navigation system

 
 

Brembo performance brakes 

Power-tilt/sliding moonroof

 

The Base trim starts from $27,495 and comes with some of the basic features you’d expect from a midsize sedan. However most of the safety and driver assistance features remain as part of the standard fitment.

The Premium trim as the name suggests is a slightly more loaded trim when compared to the Base. Premium starts from $29,795 and comes with most of the kit that you’d want in a car. Notable difference starts with the Premium getting a CVT instead of the Base’s manual box.

The Limited trim starts from $32,095 and is the top spec variant in the WRX lineup keeping aside the WRX STI. As standard you get remote engine start, climate control HVAC and keyless ignition among a host of other convenience features.

2021 Subaru WRX Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

​Subarus of the past has been accounted for with questionable reliability. However, things have changed and Subaru as a brand is back at it at full pace. The WRX too has seen a lot of technological advancements in its recent facelifts and has been quite solid in terms of reliability. With more than thousands of WRXs on the road each year, it’s no surprise the midsize sedan is a hit amongst the general public, especially with Subaru’s rally pedigree.

Reliability and ownership costs

When it comes to vehicle ownership, reliability plays an important role. The Subaru WRX scored an overall score of 79 out of 100 in the J.D.Power ratings for reliability which is commendable. The Subaru gets a score of 86 in the overall driving experience as the AWD is tuned more towards proper dirt splash. That said in terms of resale value and customer satisfaction the Subaru WRX scored 79 and 81 respectively. Also, the WRX hasn't accounted for any recalls as per the NHTSA, which is reassuring.

The pricing of car changes according to different states across the country. This is largely due to destination fees and state taxes. Interestingly different states provide different leasing and financing deals for cars and in some cases, the difference is significantly large. In some cases, the difference is not significant. For example, the WRX is almost the same price across Arizona, New York, California, Florida, and Michigan. Also, the cheapest is in Florida, a near $600 difference from Arizona.

Buying a car is a decision that is not done on a whim and takes careful consideration. It needs to be about what would it take to maintain the car over a long period of time so that it keeps performing at its best at all times. The following are the costs that would be incurred over a period of 5 years for the 2021 Subaru WRX:

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$1,059

$1,096

$1,134

$1,174

$1,215

$5,678

Maintenance

$355

$823

$464

$2,617

$939

$5,198

Repairs

$0

$0

$149

$357

$524

$1,030

Taxes & Fees

$2,508

$367

$307

$258

$216

$3,656

Financing

$1,535

$1,234

$913

$572

$207

$4,461

Depreciation

$3,432

$1,803

$1,472

$1,650

$1,442

$9,799

Fuel

$2,158

$2,223

$2,290

$2,358

$2,429

$11,458

Real Cost of Ownership

$11,047

$7,546

$6,729

$8,986

$6,972

$41,280

Ownership costs for the Subaru WRX stand at $41,280 for a period of 5 years. It includes everything from repairs, taxes, fees, and even fuel costs. The $41,000 cost of ownership might seem a little bit over the top for a $29k sedan but isn't anything too steep given the WRX is a more driver-focussed sedan. 

Warranty

All the details about the car are not out yet and so is the warranty that is provided by Subaru. Yet, going by the previous year model, the expected warranty package of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is as follows:

Criteria

Period

Bumper to Bumper warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust perforation warranty

5 years/ Unlimited miles

24-hour roadside assistance (Optional Extra)

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Before you start cursing your luck bear in mind that if things go south with your new WRX, Subaru has your back with a comprehensive slue of warranty packages The only gripe we have with the warranty schemes offered is that Roadside assistance is an additional package. The WRX still comes with many things that can make it a lucrative buy at your budget.

Miles per dollar

In this we’ll be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. From what we dug up, the annual maintenance cost for a WRX including fuel costs, taxes, and finances is around $4,538. On average, cars drive 10,000 miles a year, therefore if we factor both in we’ll get a definitive MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 2.20. This indicates that the Subaru WRX can run 2.20 miles for every dollar you spend on it. 

2021 Subaru WRX Buying Advice

We recommend you go for the Premium trim of the WRX with the performance package as this specification adds a Recaro driver’s seat which is 8-way power-adjustable along with Brembo brakes, thus giving you enhanced driving dynamics and comfort. 

How about a used Subaru WRX?

As we mentioned earlier, the cost of ownership for the Subaru WRX over a period of 5 years adds up to be $41,280. Eyeing for a used WRX Is never a bad option. If you are planning to pick up a pre-owned Subaru WRX, it can work in your favor, and you might just get a sweet deal for yourself.

​From what we know, the WRX loses around $3,432 in its first year as depreciation. If you were to buy the Base WRX for $27K, that’s nearly 11% of the vehicle price you’re losing in its maiden year. The curve is pretty smooth for the WRX, therefore expect steady depreciation of around half of what it would lose in its first year.

2021 Subaru WRX Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Unfortunately, Subaru doesn’t offer a lot in terms of engine options. The only unit you get is a 2.0 L turbocharged boxer 4 engine as Subaru is the only player among the economy segment who uses a Boxer engine. The 2021 Subaru WRX equips a 20L Turbocharged Boxer-4 engine that churns out 268 hp and has a maximum torque output of 258 lb.ft.

The torque figures of the 2021 WRX are good but not outright impressive, yet what makes this Subaru feel really torquey is that the peak torque kicks in as soon as 2000 rpm, thus getting a perfect launch in the WRX is an absolute cakewalk. 

2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Engine Bay

This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The manual transmission lets the driver have total control over the power output and handling of the car. There is also an option for a Sport Lineartronic CVT for those who are not very keen on shifting that stick. 

The CVT transmission on the Subaru WRX also gets you paddle shifters, but it's just not as good as the standard 6-speed manual transmission. However, regardless of the transmission option, you go for, the WRX's gearbox routes all the generated grunt to all 4 wheels of this sedan, as the 2021 WRX gets Subaru's Symmetrical AWD drivetrain as standard. 

Models

2021 Subaru WRX

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Ford Fusion

MSRP

$29,000 (est.)

$29,750

$28,200

$35,335

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Boxer-4

2.0L Variable Compression Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

CVT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic 

Power

268 hp @ 5,600 rpm 

248 hp @ 5,600 rpm

191 hp @ 6,000 rpm 

245 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

The WRX is in fact the most powerful here. The turbocharged Inline 4 of the 2021 Nissan Altima is a powerful unit as well but is coupled with a CVT gearbox that takes away the fun from a driving perspective. The Ford Fusion gets a turbocharged 2L 4-pot engines as well, but its power figures are comparatively less than the former two. Whereas, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata's 191 hp is the lowest power figure in this class

2021 Subaru WRX Acceleration And Braking Performance

The Subaru WRX is the fastest car in the lot. The Boxer powering the 2021 Subaru WRX lets this car do a 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds. Keep that pedal pinned and the 2021 Subaru WRX's 13.7-second quarter-mile lap time will just drive you crazy. 

However, if you opt for the CVT, the acceleration of the WRX takes a slight hit with 0-60mph timing of close to 6 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds. The WRX manual is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition in terms of outright acceleration.

Though the Subaru WRX is fast, yet there sits a variant that's even faster, the 2021 Subaru WRX STI, that can clock a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of a smashing 4.5 seconds

The WRX gets ventilated disc brakes on all its wheels and brake assist. The WRX gets 12.4-inch rotors on its front wheels and 11.3-inch ones towards the rear. The Premium and Limited trims further amplify the ride's halting capabilities, as they get Brembo 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers. 

 The beaking arrangement of the WRX is extremely effective, bringing this sedan from 60-0 MPH in a distance of just 112. Considering the Subaru WRX is a 3200-pound car, the braking performance is commendable.

Models

2021 Subaru WRX 2021 Nissan Altima 2021 Hyundai Sonata 2020 Ford Fusion

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

7.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.7 sec

14.6 sec

15.3 sec

15.1 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

150 MPH

140 MPH

130 MPH

N/A

60-0 MPH (ft)

112

116

118

116

The closest any car can get to the WRX in terms of the 0-60 dash figures is the 2021 Nissan Altima that posts a 0-60 MPH time of 5.8 seconds. The Ford Fusion is also a decent performer, whereas the 2021 Hyundai Sonata's acceleration figures make it the slowest car here. 


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2021 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Since there are absolutely no changes taking place under the hood, the 2021 Subaru WRX will return similar mpg figures to the 2020 Subaru WRX. Hence, the 2021 Subaru WRX will return a city/highway/combined mpg of 21/27/28

The Flat-four configuration itself is not the most efficient design when compared to the inline-four and loses out on the reliability factor as well, which is the reason why most manufacturers run away from this design. Apart from that, the Subaru WRX's fuel tank capacity of 15.9-gallon is not the best in its class, and hence limits its range covering capabilities. 

Models

2021 Subaru WRX

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Ford Fusion

MPG (City)

21

25

23

21

MPG (Highway)

27

34

32

31

MPG (Combined)

23

29

26

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

16.2

18.5

16.5

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

334/430/366

405/551/470

426/592/481

347/512/413

If you choose to opt for the available CVT, the fuel economy will further go down with figures of 18 MPG for the city and 24 MPG for the highway. The Nissan Altima has the best engine and gearbox combination in terms of fuel efficiency. Despite having a CVT coupled with the inline-four, the 2021 Nissan Altima returns the best efficiency figures.

2021 Subaru WRX Interior

8.1/10

The 2021 WRX is fairly similar to the 2020 Subaru WRX’s interiors. All trims get sporty front seats that are 8-way power-adjustable. The performance package available for the Premium trim adds track-ready Recaro bucket seats which have extra bolstering than the regular ones.

Caption

The build quality of the 2021 Subaru WRX's cabin is good and most of the materials, including the Recaro seats, emit the sporty character of the ride. The rear seats offer enough space for two adults. The lower seating position might be an issue for some as ingress and egress need some effort. Also, you have to do with cloth upholstery apart from the top of the line Limited trim which gets leather-appointed seats. 

2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Front Seats

Still, there are a few noticeable plasticky bits up front but that is alright for the price and nothing looks cheap. Overall, the insides of the WRX feel very spacious and neatly spread-out for a car that was originally designed for dominating rally races.

Models

2021 Subaru WRX

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Ford Fusion

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.0/58.2/43.8

40.4/57.9/45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.2/35.4

36.7/57.1/35.2

38.0/56.5/ 35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

Speaking of the space factor, The WRX's cabin is more spacious than you’d expect and can accommodate 5 passengers with ease. The rear seats offer enough space for two adults. The lower seating position might be an issue for some as ingress and egress need some effort.

However, the same lower seating position plays its role in terms of engagement, accounting for a more indulgent driving experience. Thin thin pillars add to the roominess of the cabin apart from offering a great view of the road. 

How’s the 2021 Subaru WRX’s infotainment system?

In terms of infotainment, the 2021 Subaru WRX offers 2 options. In the lower Base and Premium trim you get a 6.5-inch screen whereas in the Sport and Limited terms you get an 8-inch screen with multimedia connectivity and comes with Navigation as an option.

2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Infotainment System

The UI of the Subaru’s infotainment system has a striking resemblance with an android phone home screen. The graphics of the unit seems sharp and crisp for the naked eye and getting used to it won’t be a hassle, the interface too is easy to navigate through and at the same time intuitive as well. The WRX comes with a standard 6 speaker system, however, there is also an option of upgrading to 8 Harman Kardon speakers which delivers an excellent audio output with perfect balance.

Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 2021 Subaru WRX are:

  • 6 speakers
  • Stand-alone navigation mirroring app
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • STARLINK smart device integration
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Radio data system
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • Speed-sensitive volume

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How spacious is the 2021 Nissan Altima?

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2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Cockpit
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Cockpit
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Cockpit
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Cockpit
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Front Seats
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Front Seats
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Instrument Cluster
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Instrument Cluster
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Gear Shifter
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan Gear Shifter

2021 Subaru WRX Exterior

6.0/10

Subaru has not experimented with any new design philosophy, unlike Hyundai who keeps experimenting with new design philosophies each year. It is a known fact that this midsize sedan is Subaru's "boutique" car. So it gets redesigned every six or seven years. 

The most noteworthy exterior feature of the 2021 Subaru WRX is a proud hood scoop that is an indication that the WRX is not your ordinary sedan. The dug in headlamps results in a prominent snout that houses the signature Subarugrille.

The toned lines on the side would have made for a dull profile for the WRX if not for the 18” rims. Meanwhile, the low ground clearance improves the WRX's stability, giving it a more planted and stable feel. The Subaru WRX has certain elements that portray the potent nature of this ride.

Models

2021 Subaru WRX

2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Ford Fusion

Curb Weight (lbs)

3294

3436

3527

3676

Length (in)

180.9

192.9

191.1

191.7

Width (in)

70.7

72.9 

73.4

75.6

Height (in)

58.1

57.1

58.1

58.1

Ground Clearance (in)

4.9

5.1

5.3

7,8

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

111.2

110.4

112.1

The Subaru WRX is one of the smallest cars in the segment with a bumper to the bumper length of 181 inches. The wheelbase of the 2020 WRX is just 104.3 inches. On the contrary, the Altima is the longest car in the segment with a length of 192 inches and 111.2 inches of wheelbase.

Some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the 2021 Subaru WRX are:

  • Projector low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam halogen headlights
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH)
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Front and rear under spoilers
  • Low profile trunk spoiler 
  • Exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
2021 Subaru WRX Sedan ​right side view
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2021 Subaru WRX Sedan ​right side view
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2021 Subaru WRX Safety

7.8/10

The Subaru WRX absolutely nails it in the safety tests conducted by IIHS and NHTSA. The ride gets a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA, owing to the safety features on offer.

The WRX offers SUBARU STARLINK as a standard highlight across the entire trim lineup, which is a suite of driver-assist features like blindspot monitoring, Cross-traffic alert, and Lane-keep assist, to name a few. Some of the most notable safety features on offer in the Subaru WRX are:

  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Active Torque Vectoring
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system (SRS)
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Front-seat side pelvis/torso airbags
  • Whiplash-reducing front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints
  • Height-adjustable 3-point front seatbelts
  • LATCH System
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure

Also Read:

How reliable is the Nissan Altima?

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2021 Subaru WRX Competition

8.5/10

2021 Subaru WRX Vs 2021 Nissan Altima

Both of these Japanese sedans are good in their own ways. The WRX is the sportier car between the two. Hence, if agility and a sportier ride are your priority and can ignore the smaller cargo space and lower fuel economy, then the WRX is the car for you. On the other hand, if space and composed ride quality are your priorities, the Nissan Altima is the one to go for.

2021 Nissan Altima

The starting price of the 2021 Nissan Altima begins at $24,300 for the base model whereas the Subaru WRX is expected to come at a starting price of $29,000. However, what's the catch here is that the Nissan Altima's Turbo engine comes at a price of 29,750. Hence, the Subaru WRX offers more horsepower per dollar. 

2021 Subaru WRX Vs 2021 Hyundai Sonata

Right off the bat, the exterior styling of the Sonata is elegant with a more practical interior layout. The ride quality is smooth and composed and this car is perfect for the daily city commutes. The WRX on the other hand is the exact opposite, especially when it comes to handling characteristics. In short, the decision is easy between the two and it prioritizes more on the buyer’s preferences.

2021 Hyundai Sonata

Apart from what these two sedans bring to the table, let's talk about the things that are often left unconsidered. The Hyundai Sonata's ownership cost is comparatively less than the maintenance cost of the Subaru WRX. Moreover, Hyundai is also ranked slightly higher than the Subaru in terms of reliability. 

2021 Subaru WRX Final Verdict

We expect the 2021 Subaru WRX’s release date to be around the third quarter this year with an estimated price of $29,000 or thereabouts. The Subaru WRX is a car that has a definitive fan base. If you prefer your car to behave kinky and out of place (in a good way), the Subaru WRX is the one for you

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2021 Subaru WRX FAQs:

Are there any available transmission options on the 2021 Subaru WRX?

Yes, apart from the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2021 Subaru WRX also offers the option of a CVT transmission on its Premium and Limited trims. The CVT transmission on the Subaru WRX also gets you paddle shifters, but it's just not as good as the standard 6-speed manual transmission. 

Do Subaru WRX last long?

All vehicles made by Subaru are quite reliable and of extremely good quality. The WRX sedan is no different. Depending on the type of use, the Subaru WRX can last anywhere between 110,000 miles to 180,000 miles.

What is the annual maintenance cost of a Subaru WRX?

The annual maintenance cost of a Subaru WRX, on average, ranges from $650 - $682, depending upon your service provider. 

Does Subaru WRX hold their value?

Yes, the Subaru WRX holds its value pretty well. In fact, it can be referred to as the best of all Subaru vehicles that hold its value even after a tenure of 5 years. If you buy a new 2020 Subaru WRX, it will hold its value better than other rivals of this segment and depreciate the least. 

How many miles does a Subaru WRX last?

The Subaru WRX can last for around 250,000 miles, but it's the 110,000-180,000 miles bracket that's the most difficult to maintain as this is the time when you usually start noticing issues with the turbo. 

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2021 Subaru WRX Overall Reviews


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Randall D. Davis

2020 Subaru WRX

Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Best performer at this price

Pros - Performance, AWD, bucket seats

Cons - Speakers, interior

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

The beast that no one talks about. There is no vehicle that can beat it in sheer performance at this price.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Thomas L. Ginter

2020 Subaru WRX

Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Perfect vehicle!!

Pros - Manual, design, super fun to drive

Cons - It is perfect

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

A car with a manual gearbox is a rare sight these days. People who run away from manual don’t know the real joy of driving. Gearstick is a source of confidence. It means you are the one who has the control and not a computer.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
1/10
Dealer Review

JS

James L. Smith

2020 Subaru WRX

Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Love this car!

Pros - Fun, fast, reliable

Cons - Gas mileage

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

It has been 4 months since I bought it and I have never been bored while driving this. It is so fun to drive. The buttery smooth engine paired with a 6-speed manual is a match made in heaven. It has an excellent throttle response. To sum up- the best car I have ever driven!

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Used Subaru WRX for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Subaru WRX 0 Great Deals Out of 928 $21,991 928 Listings
2019 Subaru WRX 0 Great Deals Out of 327 $17,891 327 Listings
2018 Subaru WRX 8 Great Deals Out of 506 $15,999 506 Listings
2017 Subaru WRX 22 Great Deals Out of 553 $9,495 553 Listings
2016 Subaru WRX 7 Great Deals Out of 234 $14,899 234 Listings
2015 Subaru WRX 17 Great Deals Out of 244 $13,999 244 Listings

Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

Best performer at this price

The beast that no one talks about. There is no vehicle that can beat it in sheer performance at this price.

by Randall D. Davis

9

User Overall Rating

Perfect vehicle!!

A car with a manual gearbox is a rare sight these days. People who run away from manual don’t know the real joy of driving. Gearstick is a source of confidence. It means you are the one who has the control and not a computer.

by Thomas L. Ginter

10

User Overall Rating

Love this car!

It has been 4 months since I bought it and I have never been bored while driving this. It is so fun to drive. The buttery smooth engine paired with a 6-speed manual is a match made in heaven. It has an excellent throttle response. To sum up- the best car I have ever driven!

by James L. Smith

8

User Overall Rating

2020 Subaru WRX Limited has everything!

Only if the gas mileage would have been similar to other trims, I would not have been here writing all this up. Its weird how other trims with manual transmission and same engine configuration is returning with more gas mileage. One of my colleagues has this 2020 WRX and I was baffled when he mentioned his gas average of 23 which sounds like a dream for my 19 best.

by James A. Wilkins

9

User Overall Rating

Old school

No wonder why Subaru still fancies the boxer setup. Linear power delivery, great handling and even better reliability. The only downside is that it is significantly louder but that's covered by the manual stick and I'm happy with the whole package

by Paul O. Bryant

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