When you think of a sports car, it probably conjures up certain images. Maybe the vehicle is low to the ground, or a convertible, or something with an overall intimidating vibe. However, there are sports cars out there that may seem a bit unconventional. Oftentimes, these underrated ones might be powerful beyond our expectations. Take the Subaru WRX, for example. While certain audiences are well-aware of how this particular sedan can dominate in street races and turn heads on the highway, others may have slept on this sleek Subaru. For those latter drivers, it's time to discover what the WRX is all about.
Gearheads have always known about the power of the Subaru WRX. It's been popular among drivers who love a blend of performance, safety, and reliability. After all, Subaru is well-known for delivering all three in every vehicle in its lineup. What's unique about the WRX is that it's packed to the brim with performance and caters to anyone looking to add a personal touch to their vehicle. We have the Subaru WRX for sale here at Ruge's Subaru, so if you're ever pictured yourself behind the wheel of a sports car that checks every box, now is the time to check one out. The 2023 Subaru WRX blends performance, comfort, and safety and has undergone some exciting changes for this year's iteration.
A sports car wouldn't have much appeal if it wasn't good-looking. Thankfully, that's not something Subaru has to worry about with the 2023 WRX. It's available in four trim levels, including the Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. Its widebody stance is hard to miss and is satisfyingly aggressive. The 2023 WRX comes in an array of flattering exterior colors like Magnetite Grey Metallic, WR Blue Pearl, Ceramic White, Crystal Black Silica, and many more. At the front of the WRX, you'll find the signature Subaru hexagonal grille and a broad hood scoop. The nose also features sharp LED headlights. In the back, a low profile and quad exhaust tips make the WRX look sporty. Depending on the trim, the WRX may also come with a rear spoiler that matches the body color. The 2023 WRX comes outfitted with 17-inch or 18-inch wheels in a variety of finishes.
There's plenty to get excited about when it comes to the interior styling. The tech-savvy dashboard houses a high-resolution dual-display multimedia system that easily connects to your devices with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and STARLINK cloud-based apps. Bluetooth allows you to take advantage of hands-free phone and text so you don't get distracted. There is an available 11.6-inch touchscreen multimedia system if you want a larger display, and it offers a split-screen mode so you can view two applications at once. You'll have no trouble entertaining yourself or your passengers while staying up to date on traffic information and navigation.
A D-shaped steering wheel is standard on all trims and gives the sensation that you're in the cockpit of a race car. It's easy to grip, and the 13.5:1 quick-ratio dual-pinion steering fuels near-instant responsiveness. Sit back in the comfortable seats and enjoy an enhanced cabin that is quieter than ever. Opt for the GT trim to upgrade to supportive and ergonomically designed Recaro performance seats that are engineered to keep you securely in place during high-speed maneuvers. Other available options include heated front seats, a power moonroof, and a top-notch Harman Kardon premium audio system to enjoy the soundtrack to your drive. This spacious five-seater is roomy enough for everyone, with a 60/40-split flat-folding rear row when you need additional cargo space.
One of the best parts of driving the 2023 Subaru WRX is experiencing the powertrain firsthand. Like other Subaru models, the WRX features the signature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that works to provide uniform stability and the ideal power distribution for traction. This system was designed taking lessons from Subaru’s history in rally racing and provides superior handling in all conditions. The system kicks into high gear when you're going fast on the freeway, driving on unconventional terrain such as dirt, or running into wet weather conditions. All-wheel drive complemented by wide summer-performance tires for added grip. The WRX also uses Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring for tackling sharp turns and giving an instantaneous cornering response. The WRX is sure to get your blood pumping and turn any commute into an adventure.
Under the hood, you'll find the latest version of the Subaru Boxer engine. This 2.4L direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder produces a hair-raising 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Using a twin-scroll turbocharger with an electronic wastegate, the WRX delivers near-instant boost response for added torque. You can opt for a six-speed manual transmission for the ultimate connection between you and your Subaru. If that's not for you, the paddle-shift eight-speed Subaru Performance Transmission is available to smoothly move through gear ratios without taking your hands off the steering wheel. Either way, driving the WRX feels engaging, and the precision handling will give you something to look forward to every time you get behind the wheel.
As part of the Subaru family, the WRX benefits from the inherent quality that comes with the name. Subaru has an outstanding reputation for safety and quality. In fact, 95% of the Subaru WRX models sold in the last decade are still on the road today. Subaru goes the extra mile to equip every vehicle with the latest in safety and driver-assistance technologies, and returning customers don't take it for granted. For the 2023 model year, the WRX comes with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assistance Technology suite, which includes a whole host of incredible features that let you drive with confidence.
Included in the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package is a host of features that use sensors to send alerts, activate braking, and monitor traffic to help mitigate accidents. These features are available on every WRX and include automatic Pre-Collision Braking that applies brakes and brings you to a full stop in case of an emergency. Lane Keep Assist provides warnings when you drift outside your lane, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering helps with steering, braking, and throttle control whether you're cruising or stuck in traffic. Moving to a higher trim unlocks additional driver-assistance features like Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert.
The 2023 WRX lives up to the promise of previous WRX models. Spectacular performance is complimented by sharp styling and a comfortable interior. Plus, you know you're getting a dependable vehicle you can enjoy for years to come. The turbocharged Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine, along with the tuned suspension, helped Subaru earn the Best Performance Brand award from Kelley Blue Book six times over. But it's not just earning awards that makes a Subaru a great investment. The 2023 Subaru WRX is stacked with safety features and driver-assistance technologies that give peace of mind whether you're driving or enjoying the ride from the passenger seat. Come experience one of our 2023 WRX models at Ruge's Subaru today and see for yourself!