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2021 Subaru WRX

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

180.9” x 58.1”


All-wheel drive



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

3 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Subaru WRX trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact performance sedan
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Manual or CVT (WRX)
  • High-output WRX STI model available
  • EyeSight active safety system available

2021 Subaru WRX review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 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 special bodywork. 

The WRX has a 268-horsepower, turbocharged horizontally opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the high-output WRX STI has a 310-hp, turbocharged horizontally opposed 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both versions come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, and a continuously variable automatic is available for the WRX. The STI also includes other high-performance hardware like Brembo brakes and a driver-controlled center differential. 

The WRX faces competition from the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the WRX STI goes up against the Honda Civic Type R

What’s New on the 2021 Subaru WRX?

The mid-level Premium trim of the WRX gains keyless access with push-button start. 

 What Features in the 2021 Subaru WRX Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Summer performance tires
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Aluminum pedal covers
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity

Available features include: 

  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Reverse automatic braking

Should I Buy the 2021 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 4.3
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


It’s a very well built car

This car was exactly what I was looking for. Great all wheel drive system and great performance. Not too bad in gas mileage either for the performance it puts down. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fun affordable and practice sports sedan.


My third and best Subaru

I absolutely love my 2021 WRX. It's an absolute joy to drive. I would totally recommend to friends. It has plenty of power and handles like a dream.


Best car I’ve owned

I love the vehicle. It is the first brand new car I have ever owned and I couldn’t of picked a different car. I’m so glad I bought this car

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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