2015 Subaru WRX Could Have Been Sexier

2013 LA Auto Show

For once could Subaru build a pretty car?

Last week’s leaked images of the 2015 Subaru WRX certainly caused some disappointment amongst those who were hoping for a flashier design. Thankfully, the latest WRX is still that boxy all-wheel drive fun machine we love. Power now comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four that delivers 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph will supposedly happen in 5.4 seconds. A new six-speed manual comes standard, but for those who don’t like to row their own gears there’s also a CVT, which at least includes two manual modes.

Other new features include a torque-vectoring system that reduces understeer, a stiffer chassis, larger brakes and a performance-tuned suspension. The interior, especially when compared to the previous WRX, is a solid step up thanks to upgraded materials and plenty of soft-touch plastics. A 4.3” multi-information central display is also standard. And for the first time in a WRX, a Harmon/Kardon premium audio system is optional. 17” wheels also come standard as well as front and rear LED lights. Overall, the 2015 WRX is a well-packed, value for the dollar AWD performance machine. We were just hoping for some sexier exterior styling.

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