Guess what guys! The new and refreshed 2016 Subaru WRX is soon expected to grace our dealerships. The vehicle should be expected to come fitted with many premium safety equipment options, a strong acceleration system, a standard AWD system, and superb steering and handling. Some of the novelties to anticipate include driver assistance technologies, an upgraded touchscreen interface, and a new Series Hyper Blue special edition. Its release date should be expected anytime from now.
We can all reminisce how the WRX underwent a complete redesign last year, for 2016, however, expect the same heaps of power just as before. The vehicle, despite the changes and upscale features included, comes with a relatively affordable price.
For newbies, the WRX offers one of the most powerful engines you can find in the segment with its sprint time to 60 mph capped at sub six seconds. The vehicle also comes with the same steering precision as before and will do the trick even when the road becomes twisty.
On the flipside though, the vehicle scores poorly in terms of the interior appointments and design which seem a bit lackluster by today’s expectations. Additionally, the cabin isn’t insulated as much to wind and road noise. But who gives a damn? Well, it depends much on your background and priorities. However, if the 2016 Subaru WRX doesn’t offer the bells and whistles which you expect, other alternatives worth putting your time into include the Mini Cooper JCW, Ford Focus ST, Golf R, and Mitsubishi Lancer.
Exterior Colors & Interior Changes – 2016 Subaru WRX
Both the 2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are provided exclusively as five seat sedans. They can be had with base, Premium and the upscale Limited trims. However, the top-of-the-range 2016 Subaru WRX STI cuts back on the Premium trim and comes with only two trims.
Some of the standard features available for the 2016 Subaru WRX include a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a CD player, 60/40-split fold-down rear seatbacks, a trunk-lid spoiler, an adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, HD radio, 4.3” touchscreen display, 17” wheels, a height adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, cruise control, premium sound system, summer performance tires, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity.
Moving up the trim ladder to the 2016 Subaru WRX Premium trim gets you keyless entry, windshield wipers, LED low-beam headlamps, a power sunroof, eight-way power driver seats, summer tires, leather trimmed upholstery, keyless ignition, heated outside mirrors, and foglights.
For those who will stick with the manual transmission system, expect to get lane departure warning system, rear cross traffic alert, automated pre-collision braking, lane keeping assistance systems, an electronic parking brake, steering responsive foglights, blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, premium audio system, 7” StarLink screen, and optional EyeSight front collision mitigation system.
The manually equipped 2016 Subaru WRX Limited will come fitted with a nine-speaker audio system, blind-spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert system, and antilock disc brakes.
As for the king of the trim jungle – 2016 Subaru WRX, expect it to come featuring a navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a powerful engine, a sunroof, keyless entry, Brembo brakes, rear cross traffic alert, a fined tuned suspension system, 7” StarLink screen, blind-spot monitoring system, and driver selectable modes.
The above trim also features several options including a low-profile trunk lip spoiler, premium audio system, keyless entry, rally-style tall wing, and keyless ignition.
Engine Specs – 2016 Subaru WRX
Powering the Subaru WRX for 2016 is a 2L turbocharged, horizontally opposed 4-cyl engine. The engine offers 268 hp and 258 pounds of torque that turn the AWD system via the 6-speed manual transmission system.
Also, Subaru has provided the WRX with an optional Continuously Variable Transmission system with a steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters that, depending on the drive mode hosen, can impersonate either the a 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission system. The above features is excusive for both the Limited and Premium trims.
In our own performance testing of the manual-equipped 2016 Subaru WRX, the vehicle was able to hit 60 mph from standstill in 5.9 seconds.
EPA estimates the fuel economy ratings to stand at 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the manual transmission system, and 18/24/21 mpg with the CVT-equipped models.
Stepping up the game to a whole new level is the 2016 Subaru WRX STI, which comes equipped with a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cyl boxer engine good for 305 horsepower and 290 pounds of torque. The only transmission system available is the beefed up 6-speed manual. Its fuel economy ratings stand at 17/23/19 mpg.
Date Of Release & Price – 2016 Subaru WRX
Expect the base 2016 Subaru WRX to come with an MSRP starting from $26,595, and up to $39,995 for the well-equipped STI Limited trim.
As already mentioned at the top of the review, its release date should be expected anytime soon, according to our sources.