Whenever it comes to handling, performance, and power, the 2018 Subaru WRX has the right stuff, and with an all-time AWD, the added traction is definitely a bonus. The overall cabin refinement, however, remains an unaddressed issue. Some of its strengths include many premium safety equipment options available, a brisk acceleration, superb steering and handling, and improved traction availed by the standard AWD system. Its date of release should be expected in March next year as per the rumors going round the internet.
For 2018, the vehicle comes equipped with a new optional driver assistance and safety systems technology, a new smartphone integration system, and an upgraded touchscreen interface.
Coming off a redesign only a few years ago, the new STI now heaps more performance and power than ever before. With a 0-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds, the engine base is probably the best in the segment today. Nimble handling, clear-cut steering, and a standard AWD make any twisty adventures fun. The 2018 STI basically ups the ante effortlessly once again.
Despite the slew of upgrades, the cabin suffers immensely. Other downsides include a rough ride, and significant road and wind noise even at average speeds. Well, who really cares? Maybe the noisy and exciting rumbling of the engines is probably one of the reason why Subaru has such a fanatic following. If it doesn’t fit your priorities, some alternatives to consider include the 2018 Ford Focus RS, 2018 Mini Cooper JCW, and the 2018 Golf GTI.
Available Trims – Subaru WRX STI
The five-passenger 2018 Subaru WRX sedan is offered in only three trims: base. Premium, and the Limited, while the performance-themed WRX STI offers only two trims: base, Limited and the Series Hyper Blue Edition.
Interior Review & Exterior Concept News – 2018 Subaru WRX
The 2018 Subaru WRX features standard front sport seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 4.3” information vehicle display, cruise control, a spoiler trunk-lid, 17” wheels with summer performance tires, USB interface, auxiliary audio input, 60/40-split rear fold-down seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and smartphone app integration.
Upgrading to the WRX Premium trim offers you LED low-beam headlamps, keyless ignition, a leather-trimmed upholstery, power driver eight-way seat, keyless entry, exterior heated mirrors, foglights, a windshield wiper de-icer, an electronic sunroof, front heated seats, and heated exterior mirrors.
Buyers who opt for the Continuously Variable Transmission system can get a power parking brake, responsive steering foglights, blind-spot detection, lane-assist, EyeSight system, automated pre-collision mitigation system, cruise adaptive control, a premium audio system, and a navigation system. Those who stick the manual transmission get a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an optional 7” StarLink display.
The 2018 STI trim bundles the contents of both the WRX and WRX Premium trims and adds climate control (dual-zone), suspension modes, a sunroof, traffic alerts, a 7” StarLink screen, keyless ignition and entry, a more aggressive tuned suspension, a system navigation, a more agile new engine, a rear and front limited-slip differentials, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
Selections offered for the STI trim includes a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded sound system, a navigation system, and a choice of either the trunk low-profile lip spoiler or the rally-style iconic tall wing spoiler.
The Hyper Blue – an edition of the STI trim, is basically an improved version of the STI Limited but dissimilar in terms of the interior trim and the unique outside paint.
Engine Specs – 2018 Subaru WRX
All the trims apart from the STI come powered with a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed 2.0L turbocharged “boxer” engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. And depending on the driving mode, the optional Continuous Variable Transmission system lets the tranny impersonate either an eight- or a six-speed automatic transmission system.
EPA estimates the fuel economy are estimated to be 27/20/23 mpg in the highway/city/combined with the manually-equipped WRX, and 18/24/21 mpg with the CVT-fitted models. During our test drives, the manual-equipped WRX accelerated from 0-60 mph in a laudable 5.4 seconds.
A turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant good for 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. of torque ups the stakes for the 2018 Subaru WRX STI trim. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 23/17/19 mpg, and its acceleration to 60 mph clocks 5.0 seconds.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Subaru WRX
Speculation alleges the 2018 Subaru WRX wagon will probably hit dealerships March next year. As for the price, expect the base to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $26,595, and $34,695 for the STI trim once they are released.