2013 Subaru Impreza WRX

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    265-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Engine performance
  • Handling
  • Adjustable center differential (STI)

The Bad

  • WRX deserves a six-speed gearbox
  • STI sedan's giant wing spoiler

Notable Features of the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX

  • High-performance offshoots of the Impreza
  • Sedan or hatchback body style
  • 265-hp WRX or 305-hp WRX STI
  • Brembo-brand brakes (STI)
  • Standard all-wheel drive

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 ai...
Vehicle Overview

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
  • Antilock brakes
  • 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.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable, and stylish vehicle

by Marcus Perkins from Carlisle kentucky on October 14, 2018

This car has plenty of interior room, alot of power, symmetrical awd is amazing, overall feel and handling of this car is abovr and beyond Read full review

(5.0)

dream car

by subiewrx08 from westminster,co on August 16, 2018

I always wanted a wrx. and now I have one. so much potential. fast and can make it so much faster. I live in Colorado so all wheel drive is awesome. so is the launch from the lights:) Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impreza WRX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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