2016 Subaru WRX specs /reviews

2016 Subaru WRX

2016 Subaru WRX

Engine & Transmission
Base Engine2.0l
TransmissionMANUAL 6M
Drivetrainall wheel drive
Horsepower268 Horsepower
Torque258 ft-lbs.
Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY)20 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway
Fuel Capacity15.9
Fuel Typepremium unleaded (recommended)
Turning Circle35.4
Front Suspension Classificationindependent
Rear Spring Typecoil springs
Independent Suspensionfour-wheel
Rear Suspension Classificationindependent
Front Stabilizer Barstabilizer bar
Front Spring Typecoil springs
Rear Stabilizer Barstabilizer bar
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors70.7 in.
Overall Length180.9 in.
Wheelbase104.3 in.
Overall Height58.1 in.
Interior Dimensions
2nd Row Leg Room35.4 in.
1st Row Hip Room52.1 in.
1st Row Leg Room43.3 in.
2nd Row Shoulder Room54.2 in.
1st Row Head Room39.8 in.
2nd Row Head Room37.1 in.
2nd Row Hip Room53.1 in.
1st Row Shoulder Room55.6 in.
Epa Interior Volume108.6 in.

If you like to drive, and you’re thinking about getting a nicely equipped midsize car for carting around kids, consider this WRX. Based on the Subaru Impreza, the WRX supplies more room inside than you might think, and it gets excellent crash-test ratings. Add the undeniable value associated with the car’s underlying performance hardware, and you’ve got a family sedan that you won’t dread driving.


Changes for

2016 Subaru WRX

• Next-generation Starlink infotainment system is standard equipment

• Premium and Limited add standard 18-inch aluminum wheels and 245/40 summer performance tires

• New safety technology options include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, steering responsive fog lights, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking

2016 Subaru WRX Highlights

With the demise of the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evolution models, the 2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have no direct, 4-door sedan competitors. Here, we’re discussing the WRX model. For details about the WRX STI, please see our separate report.

Available only as a 4-door sedan equipped with a 12 cu.-ft. trunk, the WRX is offered in standard, Premium, and Limited trim levels. Upgrade to the WRX Premium for attractive 18-inch aluminum wheels and a set of fog lights, along with a power sunroof, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a wiper de-icer system. The WRX Limited adds leather seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat, and LED headlights.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the WRX, making 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 rpm and 5,200 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive are standard equipment. Choose Premium or Limited trim and you can add a performance-tuned continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters, active torque vectoring, and Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) with three different driving modes.

New for 2016, a Starlink infotainment system is standard on the WRX. It features a 6.2-inch touchscreen display, and includes a reversing camera, Bluetooth calling and music streaming, a USB port, and more. Entertainment is sourced from HD Radio, satellite radio, and Aha, Pandora, and iHeart Radio platforms.

People who buy the WRX Premium or WRX Limited can option the car with a 7-inch version of Starlink. It comes with a high-resolution screen featuring gesture recognition technology, and provides dual USB ports, text messaging support, iTunes song tagging capability, and a navigation system. A premium sound system is also included with this more robust version of Starlink technology.

New safety features are also available for the 2016 WRX, but they require Limited trim. A blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist is offered with both the manual gearbox and the CVT. Subaru’s EyeSight technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, an automatic emergency braking system, a lane departure warning system, and a lane keeping assist system, is available only with the CVT.


Alternatives to the Subaru WRX

While the WRX is essentially a one-off in a narrowly defined market, it is not without competition. Alternatives include the less powerful Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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