2018 Subaru WRX

2018 Subaru WRX
Save up to $2,595
MSRP range
$26,995 - $40,895

Pros

  • In both WRX and WRX STI, acceleration is swift and among best-in-class
  • Delivers superb handling and steering response on twisting roads
  • Full-time all-wheel drive enhances traction and performance
  • Offers several premium safety equipment options

Cons

  • STI's high-performance suspension makes for a rough ride
  • Interior quality lags behind competitors
  • Above-average amounts of wind and road noise
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Subaru WRX.

Treat yourself
Michael Kelly, 2/13/2018
Great fun at a reasonable price. Not a sports car, but handles well. Very capable in ALL weather. I put 290,000 miles on my '02 with no engine work.
The Best WRX yet
Vlad, 7/29/2017
I drove 2018 WRX Premium with Performance package. Outstanding! This car handles like a king and the RECARO seats deliver great support and firmness. Shifting is precise and steering gives you a great feedback. I would recommend to test drive different trims and packages before you make your decision. Now Subaru has a car for every driver
NO CONS!
Kevin, 1/30/2018
I came from a 2017 VW GTI, which was totaled recently. While i loved that car.. the 2018 WRX is in a whole different league. The handling is magnificent on turns and curves. The acceleration is fun and solid. Yes, the road noise is *slightly* louder than other vehicles, but I doubt anyone interested in buying an AWD, 270HP car that isn't a luxury brand is extremely interested in a purely silent cabin. I'm sensitive to noise and it's fine for me. Love this car and finally do not have any buyers remorse or looking longingly at other cars. Go take it for a test drive and push it!
Value buy! What do you compare the WRX against?
Dominic, 1/16/2018
All the comparisons are against 2 wheel drive cars, and many are front wheel drive. If you want all wheel drive, great handling, and good engine performance..look around. You are now comparing against Audi, BMW, and a couple of domestic models, and they will be much more money to get the same feature set. Better quality interior materials? yes. But for a great driving experience this is a great car, and an even better one for the price!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$26,995
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$29,295
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$36,095
MPG
17 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
305 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$31,595
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite WRX safety features:

EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM)
Projects alerts and warnings (about pedestrians, potential collision) into a head-up type display in the windshield.
Reverse Automatic Braking System (RAB)
Automatically applies the brakes if driver fails to respond to alerts and obstacles.
EyeSight Lane Keep
Recognizes lane markings on both sides of the car and will guide you back to the middle if you drift too far from center.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Subaru WRX for Sale

Subaru WRX 2018 STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
New 2018
Subaru WRX
STI
MSRP$40,798
Est.Loan: $706/mo
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Subaru WRX 2018 STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
New 2018
Subaru WRX
STI Limited w/Wing
MSRP$42,938
Est.Loan: $747/mo
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Subaru WRX 2018 STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
New 2018
Subaru WRX
STI Limited w/Wing
MSRP$43,183
Est.Loan: $751/mo
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You won't want to miss this excellent value! You'll appreciate its safety and technology features! A turbocharger is also included as an economical means of increasing performance. The following features are included: heated seats, front fog lights, and the power moon roof opens up the cabin to the natural environment. Subaru made sure to keep road-handling and sportiness at the top of it's priority list. Under the hood you'll find a 4 cylinder engine with more than 200 horsepower, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. All wheel drive maintains traction at all four corners. Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.
More about the 2018 Subaru WRX

Fifteen years ago, the Subaru WRX introduced many Americans to the notion of all-wheel-drive sport compact performance. The 2018 Subaru WRX powers forward with a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, just like the original, while the maximum-performance WRX STI variant gets a 2.5-liter boxer with even more verve.

Either way, there's certainly no shortage of speed. The base WRX checks in at 268 horsepower, while the STI boasts 305 hp. That's a lot of ponies for a sedan the size of a Corolla. Sure-footed all-wheel drive makes the most of that impressive output whether the road is wet or dry, joining with accurate steering and crisp handling to provide a true sport sedan driving experience.

A purist-pleasing six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while a commuter-friendly continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. Because gearless CVT transmissions can be unsettling for drivers accustomed to moving through the gears one step at a time, Subaru has programmed this one to "shift" through a series of simulated gear ratios. Consequently, it feels much like a regular automatic to the driver, even though there's no actual shifting going on.

Glancing at the sticker price of the WRX or especially the STI, some shoppers might expect luxurious appointments and a refined ride. These aspects are notably absent. The WRX is available in three different trim levels with a number of appealing amenities. But the overall experience remains relatively austere and intense, particularly with the STI's firmer suspension. There's also a fair amount of hard, cheap-looking interior plastic, which is disappointing in a car in this price range. The WRX family isn't for everyone; in other words, it's aimed at enthusiastic drivers who are willing to forgo some comfort and polish in return for performance that inspires.

On the safety front, Subaru's EyeSight bundle — including lane departure prevention and forward collision mitigation with automatic braking — is available, though only on the high-end Limited model (and only when equipped with the CVT). According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, crashworthiness improves from Good for the regular WRX to Superior for the EyeSight-equipped model.

Fuel economy ranges from 23 mpg (20 city/27 highway) for the manual-transmission WRX to 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway) for the manual-only STI, with the self-shifting WRX splitting the difference. You can certainly find more fuel-efficient performance cars in this day and age, though the endearingly quirky character of Subaru's engines will add value for some shoppers.

At the end of the day, the 2018 Subaru WRX is an all-season athlete meant for those who want every trip to be a thrill ride. Just like the original all those years ago, the standard 2018 WRX is a no-brainer if you're looking for AWD performance on a budget, though again, pricier versions bring cosseting luxury-brand alternatives into play. If you're a fan, Edmunds' peerless reviews and pricing data can help you find the WRX that's right for you.

2018 Subaru WRX Overview

The 2018 Subaru WRX is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Subaru WRX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Subaru WRX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 WRX 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 WRX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Subaru WRX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 WRX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Subaru WRX?
2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,839. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,085 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,085 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,754.

The average savings for the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Wing 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is4.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,199. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,595 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,595 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,604.

The average savings for the 2018 Subaru WRX STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is6.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Subaru WRX Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Subaru WRX Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,398. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru WRX Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $440 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $440 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,958.

The average savings for the 2018 Subaru WRX Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is1.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,577. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,336 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,336 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,241.

The average savings for the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Limited w/Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is5.5% below the MSRP.

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2018 Subaru WRX Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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2018 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,024. The average price paid for a new 2018 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $1,824 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,824 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,200.

The average savings for the 2018 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is6.3% below the MSRP.

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