Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI
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Edmunds' Expert Review
CorrespondentMark Takahashi has worked in the automotive industry since 2001. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- 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
The 2019 Subaru WRX STI is a delightful oddball. It's the high-performance variant of the middle-of-the-road Impreza sedan with much more power and racetrack-worthy handling. Unlike the latest front-drive hot hatchbacks from Honda and Hyundai, the STI is all-wheel-drive and sports a relatively rare horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine.
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With 310 horsepower, a mandatory manual transmission, and development with roots in rally racing, the STI is intended for the rare individual who wants performance above all else. As such, there are significant sacrifices made to comfort and convenience. The ride quality is rough, the cabin is loud, and a lot of advanced safety features are absent.
Looking for alternatives? The STI's historic rival, the Mitsubishi Evo, has been absent for several years. The closest competitors at the moment are the Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai Veloster N and the Volkswagen Golf R. All are more refined and more robustly equipped with the latest features. But if you want a high-performance car that comes as close to hardcore status as possible, the WRX STI is the ideal pick.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.9 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Subaru WRX STI (turbo 2.5L flat-4 | 6-speed manual | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2018, the current WRX STI has received some revisions, including an increase in power and an updated infotainment system. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's WRX STI, however.
|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.
Pulling away from a stop in routine driving can feel underwhelming in the STI. The turbo boost builds higher in the rev range, so the car feels a bit lifeless below that point. Zero to 60 mph takes 5.5 seconds, which is still pretty quick but modern competitors are quicker.
The STI's big Brembo brakes have quite a bit of power. In everyday driving, they require a bit more effort than we'd like. In Edmunds testing, a simulated-panic stop from 60 mph only took 108 feet — a distance that's comparable to results from much more expensive performance cars.
The steering is weighted a bit heavy but is precise. It's easy to tell what the wheels are doing at almost all times. Whether you're driving at speed or simply putting around town doing errands, the steering is one of the WRX STI's strongest suits.
This Subie is one of the most nimble cars on the road. Its sporty suspension affords incredibly quick directional changes, and it rockets out of corners with its grippy tires and all-wheel-drive traction. Stitching together multiple corners in a WRX STI is about the most fun you can have in a car.
Mastering the STI's stick shift is a bit tricky. Even drivers experienced with manuals will have to manage the delicate balance of the clutch engagement and engine rpm since the engine is a little gutless at low rpm. The pedals, however, are placed perfectly for easy heel-and-toe downshifting.
The WRX has its roots in rally racing, so the sophisticated AWD will give it some capability on well-maintained dirt roads or in inclement weather. The front fascia is far too low to allow for off-roading in the traditional sense, however.
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 optional Recaro front seats have dense padding and lots of lateral support. They're firm but forgiving. The rear seats have a similarly firm padding and are relatively well-contoured. The door armrests could use some additional padding, and the center armrest is too low and far away to be truly useful.
The STI's ride is very stiff. If there's a bump out there, you'll feel it in the cabin. Small bumps upset the ride quality, and larger bumps or potholes feel like tectonic events as you drive over them. If you want a WRX with decent ride quality, steer clear of the STI.
Noise & vibration5.5
Anything over 60 mph creates significant wind noise, and anything over 70 mph creates engine and tire noise that is hard to drown out with the subpar stereo. The panel construction seemed good, but the stiff ride causes a lot of shaking on almost any manner of highway.
The climate control system works well, but the controls are not very intuitive at the outset. Dual-zone climate control and heated front seats are standard. The bilevel switches for the heated seats are pretty dated.
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.
Ease of use7.0
The stereo volume and tuning knobs are a bit small and slippery, and some regularly used buttons require a reach.
Getting in/getting out8.0
It's easy to get in and out up front, with only minor head-ducking because of the STI's ride height. The bolstered front seats are easy enough to slide into and out of, though you do have to step over wider doorsills than in most cars. The rear doors are larger than average and provide easy access.
Kneeroom for the driver is a little tight, so your knees might graze the steering column when you're getting in and out. Otherwise, the bucket seats and steering wheel offer a suitable amount of adjustability.
The WRX has never been short on passenger space, and the STI is no different. There's plenty of front head- and legroom as well as lateral room for your elbows. Anyone under 6 feet tall will have enough headroom and legroom in the rear seat as well.
You get superb visibility thanks to a low dash and hood and narrow front roof pillars. It makes it easy to look through turns. The long rear side windows make lane changes easy even without a blind-spot monitoring system. The tall rear wing doesn't compromise visibility much at all either.
If the WRX STI had been updated along with its Impreza sibling, this score would be higher. The interior is put together well, but there is a lot of hard plastic in the cabin for a $40,000 car. A few faux suede surfaces, including the optional Recaro seats, help class things up a bit.
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.
The center console bin has a grippy rubber base and is large enough for a few plus-size smartphones. The center armrest is less impressive with relatively small cupholders that aren't deep enough to prevent most cups from spilling. The door pockets are narrow but can hold an average-size water bottle.
The trunk has a wide opening with a relatively low liftover height. The rear seats fold easily for expanded space, but the trunk only has 12 cubic feet of cargo space. That's not much when you compare it to the hatchbacks in the performance car segment.
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Car seat accommodation is average. It's easy to access the car seat anchors through Velcro straps, and there's enough space for a big rear-facing seat.
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.
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.
2019 Subaru WRX models
The 2019 Subaru WRX STI is the high-performance variant of the WRX sedan covered separately. Power comes from a 2.5-liter turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine (310 horsepower, 290 lb-ft of torque). A six-speed manual sends power to all four wheels via a driver-adjustable center differential and front and rear limited-slip differentials. It is offered in base STI trim, a limited-edition Series.Gray and Limited trims.
Standard STI features include 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, Brembo brakes, automatic adaptive LED headlights, heated mirrors and wipers, remote keyless entry, selectable drive modes, cruise control, hill start assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-suede and leather upholstery, heated front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Subaru's Starlink telematics and monitoring systems, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB ports.
The new Series.Gray trim is limited to only 250 examples and comes with unique gray paint, black 19-inch wheels, a high-performance Bilstein sport-tuned suspension, keyless entry with keypad access, Recaro front seats (eight-way power driver's seat), and a faux suede-wrapped steering wheel.
The Limited trim comes with a sunroof, keyless entry, the Recaro seats with leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system, and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Shoppers can opt for a lip spoiler in place of the big rear wing.
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Everything I dreamed of!
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!!
4 out of 5 stars
Great car with minor flaws
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.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI Overview
The Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI is offered in the following styles: STI 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). The Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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- The Used 2019 Subaru WRX STI STI is priced between $37,999 and$38,999 with odometer readings between 29574 and50366 miles.
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