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2015 Subaru WRX Full Test Specs


Year Make Model2015 Subaru WRX Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$31,085
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$31,085


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected flat-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,750
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)268 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 2,000-5,200
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=3.454; II=1.947; III=1.296; IV=0.972; V=0.780; VI=0.666; R=3.636
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.11
Differential(s)Front: open, center: viscous limited slip, rear: open (brake-based torque-vectoring front)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.5
Tire make and modelDunlop SportMaxx RT
Tire typeSummer performance front and rear
Tire size, front235/45R17 94W
Tire size, rear235/45R17 94W
Tire size235/45R17 94W
Wheel size17-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front12.4-inch one-piece ventilated disc with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.3-inch one-piece solid disc with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.7
0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.4
0-75 mph (sec.)8.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 99.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.2
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.3 @ 98.0
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON67.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.94
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.93
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.0
@ Full throttle (dB)73.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.7
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,500

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAs always, there's nothing subtle about launching the WRX. I prefer to bring the revs to around 5,000 and drop the clutch as engine speed rises toward 6,000. This technique overcomes the car's static intertia most easily. First gear is gone instantly, with only a wisp of wheelspin from the front tires. Second gear needs to be held to redline to hit 60 mph. Otherwise, 0-60 time suffers. I short-shifted 3rd gear around 6,100 rpm, as power falls off noticeably after that. Despite some horrid sounds from its drivetrain, the WRX survives this abuse time and again. And it's darned quick.
Braking commentsPedal response is nothing special in the WRX, though its stability at full ABS is quite good. No distance or pedal fade during our testing.
Handling commentsSlalom: Wow. This is a very different car from the last WRX, which sacrificed precision for mass-market appeal. This WRX, however, offers immediate turn-in and flat cornering. Its torque vectoring is good at pulling it through corners, even during steady-state throttle. Responses are very, very rapid and keeping the car going where it needs to demands fast hands and rapid reflexes. Skid pad: "Traction" mode proved highly effective in alleviating understeer and keeping the WRX tracking where it's pointed. Steering feel is only OK, and once understeer is achieved it's slow to undo. Still, this is a solid-handling performance for the WRX.

Testing Conditions

Test date12/17/2013
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.1
Relative humidity (%)14.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)3.31, Head
Odometer (mi.)2011
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/32

Fuel Consumptions

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 combined/21 city/28 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9
Driving range (mi.)422.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionSix-speaker AM/FM/HD/CD/SiriusXM with Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, an aux jack and USB port
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack and/or generic aux jack
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Optional
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional hard drive
Smart entry/StartOptional
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,267
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,307
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)180.3
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.3
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.6
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.2
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles