Is the 2023 Subaru WRX GT Worth its $43,000 Price Tag?

The Subaru WRX underwent some changes for the 2022 model year. In addition to riding on a new platform, the WRX gained a new look, a more powerful powertrain, and a new GT trim level. There’s nothing new for the 2023 model, but we did notice that the GT trim level remains. Does that mean it’s worth its hefty price tag?

2022 Subaru WRX in blue
2022 Subaru WRX | Subaru

How much does the 2023 Subaru WRX GT cost?

2023 Subaru WRX engine
2023 Subaru WRX | Subaru

The 2023 Subaru WRX GT costs around $42,395 (before the destination charge). For that kind of money, you’ll get the same turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that generates 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque as the base-trim WRX, but not the manual transmission. That’s right; the GT model only comes with a CVT, which is a downer when it comes to overall performance.

Of course, Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system is still present, as is the Variable Torque Distribution system. There are even electronically controlled dampers, which tailor the car’s ride characteristics to any drive. However, we think that the car could feel a little neutered compared to the manual-transmission model. Especially considering it’s a performance sedan.

On the positive side of the equation, the WRX GT does unlock some fun driving aids that the other trim levels don’t have. First is a set of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which allow you to “shift” through eight simulated gears. Next is the ability to toggle through different drive modes (Intelligent, Sport, and Sport #) to further tune your driving experience.

Although the WRX GT doesn’t have the same rawness of the models equipped with the manual transmission, it does have some life left in it.

There are additional goodies inside the car as well

2023 Subaru WRX interior
2023 Subaru WRX | Subaru

If the addition of those electronic performance aids isn’t enough for you, the 2023 Subaru WRX GT comes with a few more electronic goods on the inside as well. The GT model comes standard with an 11.6-inch center touchscreen and a 504-watt, 11-speaker stereo to appease your audio needs.

There are also Recaro seats upholstered in microsuede and red contrast stitching to hold you in when you’re cornering hard, in addition to Subaru’s Eyesight driver-assist technology to keep you safe. This suite of features includes systems like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic braking, which the manual-transmission models don’t have.

Another plus to the WRX GT trim level is that it’s quicker to 60 mph that those equipped with a stick. The editors at Car and Driver reported that it took the WRX GT 5.4 seconds to get to 60 mph while the manual version was 0.1 seconds slower. OK, so that’s not that much faster, but every fraction of a second counts when it comes to performance.

Is the Subaru WRX GT worth the money?

2023 Subaru WRX infotainment
2023 Subaru WRX | Subaru
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In our opinion, no. Although we have not driven this Subaru WRX model yet, it’s hard to justify the differences that it has on paper compared to the lower trims. Considering the Limited model costs $6,000 less and has the option for a six-speed manual, we would suggest going with the trim to get the most performance.

Also, with around $43,000, you can easily buy other cars with more horsepower, like the Ford Mustang GT, or more style, like the Toyota Supra 2.0. But if none of that matters to you, then there could be some value to buying the Subaru WRX GT – especially if you can’t drive a stick shift.