2018 Subaru WRX Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$25,757 - $36,095
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
268-310
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$25,757 - $36,095
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
268-310
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

Editor's Overview

Visceral and exhilarating, the all-wheel-drive 2018 Subaru WRX is a high-performance sports-sedan bargain with a starting price well below $30,000. Updates for 2018 include revised styling, improved handling and increased comfort. Two models are offered, the 268-horsepower WRX and the 305-horsepower WRX STI. Both are packing turbocharged horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engines and a standard 6-speed manual transmission.

Subaru WRX Models & Trims

Base $25,757 - $28,366*
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17, 17 X 8 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Premium $28,244 - $30,949*
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 18, 18 X 8.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $28,972 - $31,749*
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 18, 18 X 8.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
STI $32,202 - $35,197*
Horsepower: 305 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather, Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
STI Limited $33,022 - $36,089*
Horsepower: 305 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
STI Type RA $36,095*
Horsepower: 310 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Standard Seating: Leather, Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8.5 in. - Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.86

37 Reviews

86% 14% 3 star 0% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

This car is not a toy. Do not think you are invincible because as fun as this car is to drive, it is also scary. So be safe.

I absolutely love the feel of the car on the road. It grips the road better than any car I've driven. It's acceleration isn't comparable to other cars in its price range. You can take it anywhere. I dislike the audio system in it, but you win some, you lose some. Overall, I absolutely love the car and would recommend it to any car enthusiast.

- Tony Q

This car can go anywhere in any weather, but still give you the performance thrill you are looking for.

For a sporty smaller car, the WRX really exceeds my expectations. Getting an all wheel drive car, with a quick 0-60 and having it be reliable for around 25k is unheard of. Its comfortable to drive and gets decent gas mileage. My only complain is the technology in it is really bad. The headunit is like one out of a car from 2005.

- Charles M

Great sports car with great gas mileage.

My 2018 Subaru wrx is my first Subaru. It is extremely comfortable seating. The vehicle is manual and the only complaint I have is that the shifter vibrates and moves when letting off the gas. Other than that its incredible in the snow, gets very good gas mileage, it has a lot of room in the back seat as well fit car seats.

- Amber C

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$25,757 - $28,366
$28,244 - $30,949

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 hp
268 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC Intercooled Turbocharged
2.0L DOHC Intercooled Turbocharged
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.3 in.
43.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
37.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.4 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 in.
37.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/45WR17
P245/40WR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
104.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
36 ft.

Length

Length
180.9 in.
180.9 in.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
70.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3272 .lbs
3322 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 hp
268 hp

Torque

Torque
258 ft. lbs.
258 ft. lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
20 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
26 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Not Available
Standard

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Not Available
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
Not Available

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings