How Reliable is the Subaru WRX?

Sedans are great because they’re affordable and often easy to maneuver, making them a great option for new drivers. Despite this, many American automakers have recently discontinued popular sedans. Ford eliminated the Taurus, Fiesta, and Focus from its lineup this year. The Ford¬†Fusion is also headed toward its final production year.

We also can’t forget the loss of the Chevy Impala, one of the most recognizable American cars. Still, automakers from overseas haven’t followed this trend yet. The Subaru WRX has gotten a lot of positive reception for its sporty performance. How does it shape up in terms of reliability?

About the Subaru WRX

The most exciting thing about the Subaru WRX is its engine. It comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder capable of 268 hp. It’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission, though drivers can also choose to have a CVT. It also has standard all-wheel drive.

This amount of power in the base engine is already uncommon in sedans, and the WRX has an even better option. The two STI trims feature a turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 310 hp. This engine is only available with a manual transmission. The STI also comes with a performance suspension, Brembo brakes, and a rear spoiler. The most expensive trim, the STI Limited, also comes with Recaro sport seats.

The base trim doesn’t offer the most high-class interior, but it’s still adequately spacious for drivers of all sizes. Cloth upholstery and standard sports seats are included, with higher trims offering leather seating. Trunk capacity is slightly lower than most sedans, but it does have a wide opening.

The infotainment system is easy to learn and quick to respond to user inputs. Drivers and passengers can enjoy standard smartphone integration, HD or satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a few USB ports. It also has a backup camera as its only standard safety feature.

Is the Subaru WRX reliable?

Currently, the Subaru WRX only holds a two-out-of-five ranking on Consumer Reports, which is below average compared to its competitors. During the road test, CR’s drivers appreciated the car’s fun handling and lightning-quick acceleration. However, they found the overall ride to be very uncomfortable, full of jitters and hard shocks when going over bumps.

The WRX has one of the lowest reliability ratings out of Subaru’s entire lineup. However, it has top safety scores from the IIHS in each category. It also secured an overall rating of five stars from NHTSA.

What critics like about the Subaru WRX

Despite its disappointing reliability outlook, the WRX has a lot going for it. It offers one of the most thrilling drives of any sedan, especially the STI trims. According to Consumer Reports, it has a 0-to-60 mph time of just six seconds. 

It also has the razor-sharp steering and nimble handling one might expect from a sports car. Edmunds recommends the Premium trim for its extra features and the 2.0-liter engine’s smoother performance. Despite its faster acceleration, the STI’s suspension is too firm for many drivers to handle.

The WRX’s weak points

Edmunds also didn’t like the fact that there’s a lot of engine noise inside the Subaru WRX’s cabin. Both engine options aren’t particularly good on gas. The 2.0-liter engine only has a combined score of 23 mpg, while the high-powered STI scores 19 mpg.

The WRX’s interior feels cheap and is filled with many hard plastics. You also have to purchase a higher trim if you want any advanced safety features. Despite its flaws, the WRX is safe and so fun to drive that it shouldn’t be ignored. We’re also excited to see what changes the next-gen model with have when it’s released.