2016 Subaru WRX

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Subaru WRX highlights

Customer rating


  • Offers all-wheel drive for confident handling
  • An impressive list of available driver assists
  • Features a solid and capable base engine


  • The interior materials are just average
  • The cabin can be loud when driving on the highway
  • The infotainment system isn't as modern as it could be

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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All Subaru WRX years

New for 2016

  • The WRX is available in a new trim called the STI Series.Hyperblue.
  • The STI Launch Edition trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • WRX trims have been upgraded with Blind Spot Monitor and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The STI Limited trim now comes with Leather & Suede Seats as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment.

Explore Subaru WRX details

STI Limited 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Remote Start
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 43.3"/R 35.4"

Head room

F 37.2"/R 37.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 6

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Subaru WRX

1. AWD capability

Subaru is known for its amazing all-wheel-drive technology, and the 2016 WRX makes great use of its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. That means that the rally-bred WRX is just at home sliding through a dirt trail as it is carving corners on a paved race track or your favorite back road. It's also pretty handy when the weather goes sideways; its AWD can help improve traction in wet or slippery weather.

2. Turbo power

How does a standard turbocharged 2.0L flat-four "boxer" engine with 268 horsepower sound? A direct-injection twin-scroll turbo, plus that great AWD system, help the 2016 WRX hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. If you need more power, check out the performance-focused WRX STI version that ups the ante to 305 horsepower and has an even quicker blast to 60 in just 4.6 seconds.

3. Sedan practicality

A sports car usually comes with numerous compromises, a tiny (or non-existent) back seat, a small trunk, and limited storage. Thankfully, the 2016 WRX has both performance and practicality. The five-seat WRX comes in a handy four-door layout which means more room for both people and gear. It's got a 12 cubic-foot trunk, plus 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, and 35.4 inches of rear legroom, which makes it great for both daily driving and weekend adventure duty.

4. Comfort trim levels

You might set a personal track record in your WRX on Saturday, but you can also set the cruise control and ride back home in comfort on Sunday. If you're looking for additional comfort and convenience upgrades, check out the WRX Premium, which adds great stuff like a power sunroof, heated front seats, windshield wiper de-icers, and heated outside mirrors. If you want more, the Limited model (available on the WRX and STI) adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, and more.

5. Tech, too

Don't worry, you don't need to compromise on technology in your 2016 Subaru WRX. Standard tech includes Subaru's Starlink infotainment system which is controlled by a nicely sized 6.2-inch touchscreen. Also standard is both satellite and HD radio, a CD player, and a USB interface. Premium and Limited trims get an upgraded seven-inch screen, plus a premium nine-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system and navigation.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.9 out of 5

9 customer reviews
The 2016 Subaru WRX is a sporty car with a slight business feel. It's always turning heads. The car handles great, according to customer reviews.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru WRX an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru WRX 36th out of 44 among Compact Cars.

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