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2016 Subaru WRX STI

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

180.9” x 58.1”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Steering
  • Handling
  • Turbo power
  • Livable ride quality
  • Visibility, even with large rear wing

The bad:

  • Gas mileage
  • Steep price versus regular WRX
  • Smallish trunk

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Subaru WRX STI trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Touch-screen multimedia system now standard
  • Low-profile rear spoiler now available
  • All-wheel drive
  • Driver-adjustable center differential

2016 Subaru WRX STI review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Subaru’s racing-inspired WRX STI features a 305-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It also includes other high-performance hardware like Brembo-brand brakes and a driver-controlled center differential that’s part of the standard all-wheel-drive system.
What’s Special

  • Limited trim level now offers low-profile rear spoiler
  • Active torque vectoring
  • Six-speed manual transmission only
  • Flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Alcantara simulated suede and leather upholstery

Here’s info on the regular WRX:

The Subaru WRX and WRX STI are performance cars based on the company’s Impreza compact sedan. They have turbocharged engines, performance-oriented all-wheel-drive systems and racy bodywork. Both models were redesigned last year.
New for 2016
The EyeSight active safety system, which includes adaptive cruise control, precollision braking, and lane departure warning and prevention, is now available. A blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. A 6.2-inch touch-screen stereo with Pandora integration, Bluetooth audio streaming and iPod connectivity is now standard.
Significant Standard Features

  • 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • LED taillights
  • Automatic climate control
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with multitouch gesture controls, iTunes tagging capability and two USB ports
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Most fun year round car

Very good power, fantastic AWD system, goes very well in snow. Keeps up with V8 cars and can go threw snow like a truck. Only downside is fuel economy is poor for a 4 Cylinder and loud road noise.


Fun yet reliable and could hold the whole family.

This car is a lot of fun to drive and safe at the same time. I could use it for fun but also could fit all 3 of my kids in it as well. I’ve kept this car very well maintained and have done a few extras on it as well.


Great car for the money

I love the car and was always a subaru fan. I was not looking for one when i bought it cause it was slightly out of my price range but i got a good deal on it. The car performance wise is everything i need as i daily it but still track the car from time to time. The exterior is not my favorite Subaru i prefer the older generations but its the same drive train just with some updates and a new body on top. If you are going for comfort this probably isn't the car for you, the seats are not comfortable for more that a hour or so and the suspension is stiff but that is to be expected of a performance car. there is alot of rattles and the speakers arent the best but get buy because they know their market. if you want a good daily this may not be the car for you, but if you want a performance car for a decent price this is it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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