When it narrows down to power and handling, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI has the right stuff, and the standard AWD is a sure bonus. However, not everything is blissful, as the overall refinement remains an issue worth debating. Highlights include a strong acceleration, extra traction boosted by the all-wheel-drive, superb handling and steering, and plenty of premium safety and equipment options. Its release date is still mysterious but we expect the details to start streaming in anytime from now.

Last year saw a complete redesign of the vehicle, and the STI still comes with similar performance and heaps of power as before, for a reasonable price. The base engine is offered with a CVT system, and ranks among the top performance vehicles in its class.

The all-wheel-drive system, precise steering, and nimble handling all combine to give the WRX STI a fun-to-drive character even when the road gets twisty. However, the interior design and appointments don’t maintain the sophistication ante as much as we’d like. Other cons include lots of wind and road noise, as well as an uncomfortable ride especially for the STI.

But who cares? That will solely depend on what priorities you have on your list. Fortunately for the disappointed lot, the segment offers a plethora of alternatives worth considering. They include Ford Focus ST, Mini Cooper JCW, Golf’s R and GTI. But truth be told, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI remains hard to beat if fun, performance, and confidence ranks atop your list.

Exterior Pictures & Interior Changes – 2016 Subaru WRX

The high-performance version of WRX – the 2016 Subaru STI is available in five-seating configuration. As for the WRX, expect the vehicle to come in three trims, while the STI can be had in either base or Limited versions.

The 2016 Subaru WRX features sport front seats, a 6.2” touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, smartphone app integration, a height-adjustable driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD player, split fold-down rear seatbacks, a 4.3” vehicle information display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic climate control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a trunk-lid spoiler, HD radio, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, summer performance tires, and Starlink premium sound system.

Opting for the WRX’s Premium trim gets you keyless entry and ignition, an 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, LED low beam headlights, summer tires, heated exterior mirrors, leather-trimmed upholstery, 18” wheels, windshield wiper de-icers and a sunroof.

2016 Subaru STI light

The manual version of the above trim will get lane departure system, optional EyesSight frontal collision, a navigation system, an optional 7” touchscreen display, an electronic parking brake, steering responsive foglights, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance system, premium sound system, a nine-speaker sound system, blind-spot warning system, and exterior heated mirrors.

Winding the WRX trim lineup is the Limited version that comes fitted with premium sound system, rear-cross traffic alert, optional blind-spot monitoring system, and the EyeSight system.

2016 Subaru STI side of car

Moving on, the high-performance STI trim comes with driver selectable modes, premium audio system, rear cross traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, rear-limited slip differential, a more powerful engine, blind-spot monitor, a navigation system, a more aggressively tuned suspension system, automatic climate control, and premium sound system.

Options available for the top-of-the-range STI includes an iconic rally-style tall wing spoiler, keyless ignition and entry, a new low-profile trunk lip spoiler, a navigation system, and a premium sound system.

2016 Subaru STI

2016 Subaru STI Engine Specs

Powering the WRX is a turbocharged 2.0L engine good for 258 pounds of torque and 268 horsepower. The power is directed to the AWD system via the six-speed manual transmission system.

Clocking 5.9 seconds from an acceleration of 0-60 mph is a CVT equipped WRX, and a speedy 5.4 seconds for the manually-equipped WRX.

The fuel economy ratings according to EPA stand at 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the manual transmission system, and 2/3/2 mpg less for the CVT-equipped models.

A 2.5L turbocharged engine steps up the game for the 2016 Subaru WRX STI. The engine is rated at 290 pounds of torque and 305 horsepower. Our test drive revealed that the STI can clock 5.0 seconds from an acceleration of 0-60 mph. the EPA ratings stand at 17/23/19 mpg.

2016 Subaru STI front

Price & 2016 Subaru WRX STI Release Date

Expect to pay an MSRP of $26,595 for the base 2016 Subaru WRX, and up to 39,995 USD for the high-performance STI Limited version. As pertains the release date, expect it sometime later this year.

2016 Subaru STI wheel

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