’18 Subaru WRX Adds performance, Safety, Comfort

Subaru’s 2018 WRX features revised styling in addition to more power, advanced technology and safety features in a vehicle that has long been beloved by owners for being sporty and fun-to-drive.

Under the Hood

The 2018 WRX features a supercharged 2-liter, four-cylinder Boxer engine that delivers 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Enhanced shifting feel for the six-speed manual transmission is new for the 2018 WRX, and a continuously variable automatic transmission features sport mode — a six-speed manual mode — and sport sharp — an eight-speed manual transmission. Manual shifting with the automatic transmission is accomplished via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Another feature of the 2018 WRX is the all-wheel-drive system, which gives superior cornering performance as well as improved safety by giving better traction, especially on slick road surfaces.

Comfort and Convenience

Subaru’s Starlink multimedia system is the highlight of the vehicle’s technology features. A 6.2-inch simple touch gesture touchscreen is the command center for the system, which syncs seamlessly with smartphones for hands-free voice calls, audio streaming and mobile app integration.

An available 7-inch Starlink multimedia system has a larger screen and includes the turn-by-turn navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link.

The AM/FM stereo has SiriusXM functionality, HD Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System and a single-disc CD player.


Safety was at the top of the minds of Subaru engineers as they built the 2018 WRX. The available EyeSight driver assist technology includes auto vehicle hold, EyeSight assist monitor, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure and sway warning.

Other high-tech safety features include blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.

A full set of airbags protects occupants in the event of a collision, and three-point seat belts are standard at all seating locations.

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