2015 Subaru WRX STI Review – Growing up to be a Finer Performance Sedan

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a souped-up version of Subaru’s Impreza sedan delivering more sporty handling and considerable more power. If that weren’t enough Subaru’s performance division STI produces the WRX STI performance car that’s based off the Rally-going WRX STI.

2015 Subaru WRX STI Review - Growing up to be a Finer Performance Sedan

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is Actually Refined Despite Looking Like a Teenager’s Sports Car

On the outside the 2015 Subaru WRX STI differentiates itself from the WRX and the normal Impreza by adding an even bigger wing, more aggressive air scoops, and 18 inch BBS performance wheels along with the STI badging on the trunk and front grill.  All of these changes from the WRX turn the STI into a menacing sedan ready to eat other cars for breakfast. Under the hood is Subaru’s trusty 2.5-Liter EJ boxer 4 engine that’s been on the STI for generations. The boxer engine is mounted low and close to the firewall to provide an even weight distribution. It is connected to a 6-speed manual to all four wheels.

The interior doesn’t differ too much from the WRX offering, aside from alcantara bucket seats which come as optional. Red accents separate the STI from the WRX but that’s just it. All standard amenities from the WRX are carried over to the STI. One drastic change is the different gauge cluster replacing the central tachometer layout with a side by side tach and speedo layout with a digital display in the middle that reminds you of the Mitsubishi EVO X.

The 2015 WRX STI, despite having the aging EJ engine isn’t obsolete as it still gets the job done, and done very well. You still get the signature Subaru Boxer rumble that’s lost on the standard WRX’s same boxer 4 from the BRZ. The engine produces enough torque on the low end and shows its teeth at 3000rpm.Ride quality in general is stiff, a sports suspension along with body bracing make the car very rigid. This makes the chassis speak to you but you’ll hate it on bad city roads.

It’s the classic WRX STI with better refinement and has the right stuff to dish out performance numbers. The looks are absolutely menacing. It’s also a compact sedan so rear seats and a decent trunk is welcome

As a sedan for daily use on the city, the stiff suspension makes the ride jarring at low speeds. The interior is basic but it’s for weight saving. The aging EJ engine results in below average fuel economy.

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI really is designed to be a performance car first than a family sedan and daily driver. It’s possible to use it daily provided you have immaculately paved roads to keep the bumps at bay but if you could live with that, this is surely the best performing STI to date.


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