Previous versions of the WRX have been high-performance versions of the Impreza, but this generation gets substantially different body work and mechanicals. Read editors' take
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A hood scoop and large front intakes feed a twin-scroll turbocharger. Read editors' take
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Subaru will only offer the WRX in a sedan body, a move intended to broaden the car's appeal. Read editors' take
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Quad pipes are supposed to deliver an aggressive exhaust note, but in practice it sounded muted. Read editors' take
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LED headlights will be available for the WRX. Read editors' take
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The 2-liter four-cylinder engine is in Subaru's flat, "boxer" configuration, letting it sit low in the car. With direct injection and a twin-scroll turbo, it produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Read editors' take
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As in the previous generation, the new WRX gets wide front fenders. Read editors' take
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The trunk lid gets a small, integrated spoiler, but otherwise the rear of the car is bland. Read editors' take
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Excellent handling characteristics combined with a comfortable ride make the WRX a multipurpose vehicle. Read editors' take
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The sport seats have reasonably sized bolsters and grippy fabric. Read editors' take
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The cabin materials are fairly typical for Subaru. Read editors' take
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The flat-bottom steering wheel evokes the car's sporty handling. Read editors' take
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The CVT is a curiosity, having a variable ratio mode, six-virtual-gear mode, and eight-virtual-gear mode. Read editors' take
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The six-speed manual transmission option will likely be the preference of most WRX buyers. Read editors' take
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This dashboard LCD shows a variety of screens, including turbo pressure. Read editors' take
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An upgrade package adds navigation and a Harman Kardon stereo. Read editors' take
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