Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI
Which WRX does Edmunds recommend?
For most drivers, the base STI will do just fine. If track days are going to be a regular occurrence for you, the new limited-edition Series.Gray — assuming you can find one — will be a good choice considering its enhanced suspension.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- Excessive wind and road noise
- Interior quality lags behind competitors
- High-performance suspension makes for a rough ride
- New limited-edition Series.Gray trim level
- The WRX STI sees small revisions to its drivetrain, including a 5-hp bump
- Updated infotainment system
- Greater availability of advanced safety and driver aids
- Part of the third WRX generation introduced for 2015
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
The WRX STI is packed with performance but requires finesse in casual use. Braking and accelerating smoothly will take some adjustment time. But it handles well, and the steering is precise and highly communicative. By the numbers, this performance sedan is very impressive.
Comfort isn't a priority in this type of vehicle, yet the WRX STI still falls behind its chief rivals. A firm ride and an abundance of interior noise dominate the experience. The supportive seats are a high point.
The WRX STI has excellent space for a compact. It also has impressive outward visibility. For the most part, the controls are easy to learn.
Compared to rival hatchbacks, the WRX STI is naturally less competitive when it comes to utility. There's enough room for a few suitcases in the trunk, and small-item storage is acceptable.
For 2019, Subaru has added an updated infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced safety features isn't offered with the STI lineup.
Most helpful consumer reviews
STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Bought a 2019 Subaru WRX STI Series.Gray on 10/2/18. Driving this STI compared to the 2016 standard STI I test drove before getting my previous car, a 2016 WRX Limited, was a night and day difference. I literally didn't buy the 2016 STI because of the gearing that had me always running the engine hard/high rpms even to putt around the city. This new 2019 with revised gearing is as close to perfect as any 6 speed I've driven. The Series.Gray limited edition shocks/suspension, tuning, steering wheel, etc. make for a smooth yet razor sharp handling package far superior than any previous WRX I've driven, as well as car's I've driven that are $10-20k more. Can't recommend any 2019 STI enough!!
STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I bought this car new and have driven it a year and 7000 miles. The cons: 1. base package stereo lacks a lot, poor volume and sound quality 2. Lots of road noise 3. The center console is too low. If you rest your elbow on it, you'll lean like a cholo. A $15 aftermarket add-on levels it . 4. Terrible factory summer tires. I had to swap them out for all season tires as they were useless in the snow. 5. Unforgiving suspension, potholes will wreck wheels and bearings. Pros: 1. Impressive mpg - around 24 mpg average 2. Great handling 3. interior design and colors 4. Nice performance and turbo music, especially in sport sharp mode with the traction control off. 5. Unique body design. 6. Value retention!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the WRX models:
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Alerts the driver to a vehicle lurking in the blind spot.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns if a vehicle is approaching from the sides as you back into traffic.
- Starlink Safety and Security
- Notifies first responders if a collision is detected. Also includes an SOS button for assistance.