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2017 Subaru WRX Walk Around


In the WRX, only the roof and trunk lid remain from the Impreza; every other body panel is unique, including grille and bumpers. The front fenders are pronounced, the front air dam deep, the air intakes massive, the hood scoop big, and the wheels bigger. The headlamps are LED.

The STI is easily spotted by its giant wing on back. If that draws too much attention to the car, it can be ordered with a lower profile trunk spoiler like that on the WRX.

Interior

The cabin is straightforward, fairly roomy for a compact car, and adequately but inexpensively finished. The instrument panel isn’t fancy, but it’s functionally well designed, with simple intuitive controls, and a cowl over the main gauges and another smaller one over the LCD display in the center of the dash. There’s matte silver trim on the soft-touch low-gloss black plastic dash. The headliner is higher quality for 2017.

The WRX and STI aren’t known for refinement, comfort, and convenience. Tire and wind noise are high.

The WRX has grippy sport seats with fabric upholstery and manual adjustment, with leather and power optional. The STI gets pseudo-suede seats with big bolstering and Alcantara accents, as well as trim that’s a bit nicer. Realistically, there’s only room for two in the rear, as that middle person won’t be happy.

There are generous bins and trays, with an average trunk size of 12 cubic feet. The rear seat folds down for more cargo space, but if you carry sports equipment, go with the Impreza Sport or Crosstrek.

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