May 05, 2014
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested $30,790: 2.0-L 268-hp twin-scroll turbocharged direct-injection Boxer engine, 6-speed manual, Limited package
Likes

 

This car ticks all the boxes on my happiness checklist: comfortable, heated, 8-way power seats; manual transmission; adequate trunk space; and an extra two inches of leg room in the back seat! The more angular front end and less prominent scoop on this latest edition hit all the right aesthetic buttons.

 

Dislikes

The “premium audio system” is supremely disappointing. Can’t hear it over the sound of the car at higher speeds – and why wouldn’t I be driving this at higher speeds? The only thing sadder is the miniscule backup camera screen.

Verdict

Subaru took the 2014 model and made it better-looking, gave it better gas mileage, and killed the hatchback option. It’s a comfortable new sedan that drives like a bat out of hell. I’ve driven a lot of new, sporty, luxury vehicles, but the WRX achieves a joy-per-dollar ratio that I haven’t experienced in anything else. If I had $30k to  spend on a new car, this would absolutely be it.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 21/28