The 2015 Subaru WRX drew mixed opinions from our editors at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where a WRX clad in a striking red exterior debuted. Naysayers didn't think Subaru went far enough with an aggressive design, while others counted on the STI to be the aggressive and over-the-top model.
As one of those among the disappointed, the WRX's styling redeemed itself once I began testing a 2015 WRX painted Crystal Black Silica at our home base in Chicago. Cars always look better in black, right? The black exterior seems to mask what I thought were awkward proportions between the rear wheel arch and rear quarter panel; there's a lot of body back there and not a lot of wheel to fill it.
Auto show debuts can look much different once they're off the turntable and on the road in a different paint color or more natural lighting. The 2015 WRX is especially muscular appearing on the road in the subtly sparkly Crystal Black Silica exterior paint paired with dark wheels. Our former long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ was also painted Crystal Black Silica, though I prefer our short-term WRX tester in this case mainly because we don't have to maintain the WRX's black paint for the long haul.
Cars.com photos by Evan Sears, Joe Bruzek and David Thomas