2015 Subaru WRX Premium Walkaround and In-Depth Review

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There's no question that the new Subaru WRX is moving the game on, that it's going to reshape the weekend cars and coffee events. It's got a much stiffer chassis and a brand new turbo engine. But will it make people forget all about hot hatches and German sports saloons? We think so.
Here's a 15 minute review of the brand-spanking-new 2015 model from subaruwrxfan. In case you don't follow him on Youtube, we'll remind that he called the WRX STI a "disappointment" back in January, at the Detroit Motor Show. Some fans agreed, others rallied to the Subaru's defense. But it seem once the dust settled, at least the base WRX is to his liking, probably because it comes with an all-new engine.

The car being revealed here has the mid-grade Premium package. For $28,495, it comes with the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), power tilt/slide glass moonroof, and fog lights. The little trunk spoiler is also part of that trim level.

Right, on to the review. According to subaruwrxfan, the 2015 model has a better interior than its predecessor. The new steering wheel is the best part, the "kind of wide" seats being the worst. The dials for the climate control are much better than before. Remember, this is from a guy that used to own this model.

The looks? Well, no Subaru has ever had those. But it's the sort of car you hate now and say "not bad, I like it" two years later when prices have dropped. It's typically Japanese, which is not something you can still say about Toyotas and Hondas.

Here's what you need to know about the car: Based on the new Impreza, the WRX is now a standalone with its own styling. Power comes via a new 2.0-liter direct0injected turbocharged four-cylinder boxer. The unit delivers 268 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque, which arrive between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. 0 to 60? That takes 5.4 with a manual or 5.9 with with the CVT automatic. The manual gets the best mileage at 21 mpg city and 28 mph highway, the numbers for the CVT dropping to 19/25 mpg.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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