2016 Subaru WRX STI

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Subaru WRX STI. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2016 Subaru WRX STI

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

2016 Subaru WRX STI Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 upholste...
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

Latest 2016 WRX STI Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Simple but has a kick

by Jmoney14 from Tacoma,Wa on July 14, 2018

It?s sturdy. I would want more electronic features for the age we live in but it?s about the speed not the extras. Love this car. Read full review

(5.0)

WRX/STI?s are great all around vehicles!

by SubieFan from Crozet VA on June 13, 2018

If you?re someone who wants a car that?s fun to drive and is practical for everyday driving, this car is for you. It works great in all weather conditions with its AWD, so no matter where you live it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru WRX STI currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Subaru WRX STI has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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 WRX STI 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker