2019 Subaru WRX STI

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$36,595

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2019 Subaru WRX STI
2019 Subaru WRX STI

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Comfortable seats
  • Visibility
  • Handling and acceleration
  • Relatively affordable (WRX)
  • Highway poise

The bad:

  • CVT operation in most situations
  • Small trunk
  • Sound quality of standard stereo

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Subaru WRX STI trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New limited-edition Series.Gray models
  • Five-seat compact performance sedan
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Manual or CVT (WRX)
  • High-output WRX STI model available
  • EyeSight active safety system available

2019 Subaru WRX STI review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Subaru WRX?

The Subaru WRX and WRX STI are compact performance sedans with room for up to five people. They have turbocharged engines, performance-oriented all-wheel-drive systems and racy bodywork. The WRX has a 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the high-output WRX STI has a 310-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It also includes other high-performance hardware like Brembo brakes and a driver-controlled center differential. The WRX faces competition from the Honda Civic Si, Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the WRX STI goes up against the VW Golf R, Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R.

What’s New on the 2019 Subaru WRX?

New limited-edition Series.Gray models — 750 for the WRX and 250 for the WRX STI — have a gray exterior, black badges and black 18-inch alloy wheels. WRX STI versions get 19-inch wheels and Bilstein shocks, too. Subaru's EyeSight safety system is now included standard on WRX models with a continuously variable automatic transmission, and updated multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are offered.

A new air intake, retuned engine computer and high-flow exhaust system result in a 5-hp boost for the WRX STI's engine. Third gear in the WRX STI's six-speed manual transmission has been revised for faster acceleration, according to Subaru.  

What Features in the 2019 Subaru WRX Are Most Important?

Unlike many other compact sedans that have front-wheel drive, Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI are distinguished by standard all-wheel drive. Both cars still offer a standard six-speed manual transmission for those interested in shifting for themselves.

Should I Buy the 2019 Subaru WRX?

If you’re looking for entertaining performance and four-season usability in one car, the WRX and WRX STI are worth a look. That said, we're not impressed with the automatic transmission, and trunk space is limited.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Bought it used but feels and looks brand new!

I have been searching for this car for months and finally found it here at landmark auto sales. I am so in love with the car I bought there!

4.9

Amazing car for the money.

I've enjoyed every second of owning this STI. AWD Turbo, 6 speed, is a lot of fun to control. My sons car seat even fit in the back seat safe and comfortably.

4.8

Best sport car owned

This is my dream car ever since 10. Seeing it and now owning this car, it looks and is amazing in person. Cannot stop smiling every time I get behind the steering wheel. It’s everything I dreamed of, think of, felt of. Exactly what I want my first car to be, the dream car.

See all 14 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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