Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Cars.com Staff
November 22, 2012
While the compact Impreza was completely redesigned for 2012, the high-performance WRX and WRX STI variants remain unchanged. The five-seat WRX is more powerful than the regular Impreza but not as unfettered as the WRX STI. Competitors include the Mazdaspeed3 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. New for 2013 There are no changes for 2013.
(Skip to details on the: WRX STI) Exterior The WRX has aggressive exterior styling with wider fenders, squared-off bumpers, a black grille and a functional hood scoop used to funnel air into the turbocharged engine's intercooler. The sedan's taillights are red, whereas the hatch has clear lenses. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch wheels that are 8-inches wide for better grip
Standard rear roof spoiler (hatchback)
Available heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer
Available power moonroof
Interior The WRX's interior features sport seats with black cloth upholstery and red accent stitching. The pedals and foot rest have aluminum covers. Interior features include:
Standard 60/40-split folding rear seat
Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Standard automatic air conditioning
Standard USB port and MP3 jack
Under the Hood The WRX is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Mechanical features include:
265 horsepower and 244 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed manual transmission
Engine uses premium gas
Safety Safety features include:
Front-seat side-impact airbags
Side curtains airbags that protect front and backseat occupants against head injury
Electronic stability system
WRX STI The STI version of the WRX comes in sedan or hatchback form. Its suspension is tuned with higher spring rates and thicker stabilizer bars and remains a step firmer and more performance oriented than the regular WRX.
The WRX STI's turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 305 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque. Its six-speed manual joins a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with limited-slip front and rear differentials. The center differential has three driver-selectable performance modes and variable torque distribution settings. The brakes use Brembo-brand four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers. The alloy wheels measure 18 by 8.5 inches. The STI has quad tailpipes — enlarged to 3 inches in diameter — and the sedan has a huge rear wing spoiler.