The Subaru WRX is a good compact car. It has a powerful engine, excellent handling, two rows of adult-friendly seats and some intuitive tech features. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is uncommon for the class and it offers a lot of driver assistance features. There are plenty of areas where the WRX comes up short. Most class rivals have better fuel economy and more trunk space. Several competitors have more standard active safety features and a more upscale interior.
The WRX seats five people. The front seats are comfortable and provide plenty of head- and legroom. The back seats are also comfortable, with enough room for adults. It provides two full sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. It provides just 12 cubic feet of space. Standard features include the StarLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon stereo and navigation.
The Subaru WRX is incredibly agile on winding roads and it always feels planted around turns. Standard all-wheel drive provides terrific road grip as well. And despite the suspension's firmness, the WRX's ride is generally comfortable. With the base engine and manual transmission, the WRX gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Models with the continuously variable automatic transmission see ratings dip to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. STI models get the worst numbers: 16/22 mpg city/highway.