2021 Subaru WRX STI Safety and Reliability

Subaru WRX STI Reliability Rating

2021 WRX STI Safety

There have yet to be any Subaru WRX STI crash reviews, although the similar WRX sedan has been rated. The 2021 Subaru WRX received five out of five stars from the NHTSA. In addition to that, it was also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a maximum Good rating in every crashworthiness test. These cars share the same basic structure, so the STI should perform equally well in the event of a crash.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

2021 WRX STI Key Safety Features

There's an oddity within the WRX lineup when it comes to safety. Subaru's advanced driver assistance systems, which all fall under the name EyeSight, are available on lesser WRX models, but not on the top-spec STI. These advanced features include adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking. The reason for this is the gearbox. EyeSight is only included as standard on models with a CVT transmission, which means they can't be equipped on the manual-only WRX STI.

On the Limited model, you do at least get blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The base model comes with seven airbags (including a knee airbag for the driver), a rearview camera, daytime running lights, ABS, ESC, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Subaru WRX STI TrimsSTISTI Limited
Back-Up CameraSS
Cross-Traffic AlertN/AS
Rear Parking AidN/AN/A
Blind Spot MonitorN/AS
Lane Departure WarningN/AN/A
Lane Keeping AssistN/AN/A
Night VisionN/AN/A
Tire Pressure MonitorSS
Brake AssistSS
Stability ControlSS
Traction ControlSS

2021 WRX STI Reliability

The new WRX STI has never been rated by the J.D. Power survey, but its WRX sibling has. It received 82 out of 100. It received excellent ratings in most areas although quality and reliability was average, with a rating of 77/100. According to the NHTSA, the Subaru WRX STI has not been affected by recalls for several years. The sedan comes standard with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, as well as a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The rust perforation coverage lasts for five years.


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
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