2016 Subaru WRX Release Date, Review and Specs

2016 Subaru WRX Release Date, Specs, Engine, MPG – The new 2016 Subaru WRX comes sporting a few welcome alterations considering it came off a major redesign the previous year. Its release date, according to well-placed sources should be before this fall. All trims come chock full of novelties which include safety systems, infotainment system, and a new special edition referred to as the Series Hyper Blue.

2016 Subaru WRX
2016 Subaru WRX

Coming off from the previous redesign, the new Subaru WRX for 2016 boasts of the similar heaps of performance and power as before, for a considerable reasonable price. It comes with an agile engine touted as the most powerful in its segment, able to accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. Additionally, the vehicle is able to provide a comfortable ride even when the road gets a little twisty, thanks to the standard AWD system, nimble handling, and precise steering. And with the new STI version, the ante keeps on moving upwards.

2016 Subaru WRX rear view, red color, taillights and tailpipe

Sadly, its interior designs remain conspicuously backdated, and the cabin isn’t as insulated against noise as much as we would love to. However, any potential would-be buyer should weigh in their priorities before finally settling on their choice. Fortunately, the segment offers lots of choices and alternatives to choose from. A good pick in terms of overall refinement and quality interior is the VW Golf GTI and the Mini Cooper. However, the Subaru WRX 2016 remains our ultimate car in terms of fun, affordability and performance, even with the new arrivals such as the 2016 Ford Focus and 2016 Mazda 3 model.

Exterior Review & Interior Changes – 2016 Subaru WRX

Available as only five seat sedans are the high-performance WRX and WRX STI models. The former comes in either base, mid-trim Premium or top-of-the-line Limited variants; the latter is only provided in base and top-of-the-range Limited trim.

2016 Subaru WRX front.
2016 Subaru WRX front

The base 2016 Subaru WRX hatchback comes with trunk-lid spoiler, 17” wheels, climate control, height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone connectivity, leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, summer performance tires, CD player, premium audio system, fold down rear seats, sporty seats, and summer performance tires.

2016 Subaru WRX interior, rear seats

Climbing up the trim ladder is the 2016 Subaru WRX Premium model which should come bundled with leather upholstery, keyless entry, foglights, 18” wheels, low-beam headlights, keyless ignition, and sunroof/moonroof. The 2016 Subaru WRX Limited builds on that and includes wiper de-icers, outside heated mirrors, and a power-driver’s seat.

2016 Subaru WRX back
2016 Subaru WRX back

Stepping up to the 2016 Subaru WRX STI adds you all the niceties of both the base WRX and WRX Premium and includes tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, agile engine, and selectable driving modes. The STI limited should offer you rear-cross traffic alert, a sunroof, 7” Starlink screen, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, premium audio system, and keyless ignition.

2016 Subaru WRX interior
2016 Subaru WRX interior

Also, for 2016, there will be a limited edition model available known as the Series Hyper Blue, it’s basically an STI Limited, but features special interior and exterior trims.

2016 Subaru WRX trunk

Engine Specs – Subaru WRX For 2016

The new 2016 Subaru WRX power will come from a turbocharged 2L, horizontally opposed 4-cyl powerplant good for 268 hp and 258 pounds of torque. All this power will be transmitted to the AWD system via a 6-speed manual transmission system.

In our own conducted test drive, a manual-fitted 2016 Subaru WRX clocked an impressive 5.4 seconds from a 0-60 mph dash. According to Subaru, a WRX with a Continuous Variable Transmission system only needed 5.9 seconds to do the same sprint. With a manual transmission system, the EPA ratings for a WRX stands at 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined and 18/24/21 mpg with a CVT.

2016 Subaru WRX engine

With a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cyl, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI engine steps up the game a notch higher to 305 horsepower and 290 pounds of torque. The sole transmission system available is a beefed up 6-speed manual. Our test drive revealed an impressive 60 mph dash in 5.0 seconds. Finally, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI fuel economy stand at 17/23/19 mpg.

Safety technology includes blind-spot detection, antilock disc brakes, lane departure alert, back-up camera, active front head restraints, stability control, rear-cross traffic alert and traction control.


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.9 in. (180.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.7 in. (70.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 108.6 ft³
Cargo volume: 12.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3269 lbs
Top Speed: 144 mph
0-60: 5.0 sec
MPG: 17/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Pure Red, WR Blue Pearl…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Date Of Release & Price For 2016 Subaru WRX

2016 Subaru WRX side view, exterior, headlights and alloy wheels

As previously mentioned, the new 2016 Subaru WRX should be expected towards this fall with a price tag of around $27,000. With the STI specs, expect an MSRP bump to compensate for the technological improvements. However, in comparison to other vehicles in its segment, the WRX has an inexpensive price tag. But as for now, Lets just wait and see how it’ll fare once it is released.

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