Flash Drive

2015 Subaru WRX

2015_SubaruWRX_036Model Tested: 2015 Subaru WRX Premium 

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged flat four-cylinder Boxer design 

Transmission: Sport Lineartronic automatic, all-wheel-drive 

EPA Ratings: 19/City—25/Highway—21/Combined 

Base Price: $29,695 

As Tested: $30,490 


268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque

Ample power and torque for sporty performance

Great all-wheel-drive easily handles available power

Very responsive CVT automatic with paddle shifters

Suspension is firm but not overly harsh

Nimble; a blast to drive 


Tall adults fit fine in back seat

Firm, supportive front seats with deep side bolsters

Great sport steering wheel: thick, contoured, flat bottom

Excellent auxiliary controls on steering wheel

Generous front legroom

Large, metal dead pedal

Nice sound system

Solid door shut


Wide trunk opening

Flat floor

Split rear seat folds flat, but higher than trunk floor

Big pass-through

Large locking glovebox 

WOW Factors:

Impressive handling and performance

Great fun on twisty roads

Safe and secure in snow and heavy rain

Sharp moderately aggressive styling, but not too much

Strong value proposition 


Small sunroof

Could use more interior small item storage

Cheap, hollow sounding headliner

No rear seat center armrest

Boost gauge could be larger 

Bottom Line:

The all-new fourth-generation Subaru WRX sedan continues to dominate its unique market niche as a sensible family car with sporty undertones and impressive all-weather traction capabilities. The WRX’s fun-to-drive rating more than compensates for its slight fuel economy deficit. Fun meets sensible at $30,000.