2017 Subaru WRX Release Date, Review and Specs

2017 Subaru WRX Review

You’ll realize the new 2017 Subaru WRX has the right stuff when you take it out for a spin. For starters, the WRX is a blast to drive thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, sharp handling, and turbocharged power. Some of the notable features that make it appealing include tons of premium safety equipment options available, an enhanced all-wheel drive system for added traction, superb handling and steering responses, and impressively quick acceleration. Its release date and price structure are already out, read on to keep abreast.

2017 Subaru WRX exterior, blue color, grille

First things first though, what has really changed? As a first, the new model gains automatic headlights and auto-up front window switches, and a reverse automatic braking system that joins the rest of the technologies bundled under the EyeSight safety package. The 2017 WRX appeals to shoppers looking for a wide range of uses, such as those interested in: a grocery-getting sedan, reserved demeanor, exhilarating driving experience, comfortable everyday drivability, and fuel efficiency. All these features are made possible by WRX’s group of virtues – precision handling and steering, beefy turbocharged power, and a raucous rally-based heritage.

2017 Subaru WRX side view, blue color, alloy wheels

Under the hood, the new 2017 Subaru WRX comes with a brawny turbocharged 2.0L, horizontally opposed inline-4 engine good for 268 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power tucked beneath its hood, the Subaru WRX 0-60 mph takes just 5.4 seconds with the manual transmission, and 5.9 seconds with the CVT-equipped versions. Those looking for even more power have the 2017 Subaru WRX STI option that gets its motivation from a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. ft. of torque. 5.0 seconds is all you need to get from 0-60 mph. Even with such a mind-boggling performance, fuel economy rating for the STI stands at 19 mph for combined city/highway cruising, and 23 mpg for the regular model.

2017 Subaru WRX STI rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

See, the 2017 Subaru WRX is performance oriented and that comes with several detriments more often than not. Creature comforts suffer the most, as is the interior build quality. But if you’re willing to live with those shortcomings, rest assured of an all-rounded performance from the 2017 WRX. As is evident, the simple question that you should ask yourself before heading down to your local Subaru dealer is: Does trading a bit of practicality and comfort for fun make any sense?

2017 Subaru WRX front angle, headlights and grille

If it does, then go ahead and have some fun. But if it doesn’t, we highly recommend you look at the available competition that includes vehicles such as Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST. rivals for the more powerful 2017 WRX STI include Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS.

2017 Subaru WRX rear angle, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Subaru WRX Release Date & Price

According to Subaru, pricing for the 2017 WRX is as follows: WRX STI Limited Sedan – $39,995, WRX Premium Sedan – $30,195, WRX STI – $35,195, WRX Limited – $30,000, and WRX Base – $26,695. All pricing is based on MSRP and is inclusive of the destination charge.

2017 Subaru WRX release date

2017 Subaru WRX Exterior

As can be seen from the pictures, the exterior design of the new model is aggressive yet refined. The WRX Base comes with 17-inch wheels, and a trunk lid spoiler. The WRX Premium gets eighteen-inch wheels, a sunroof, and foglights. The WRX Limited gains LED low-beam headlights, while the top-of-the-line WRX STI model gets unique eighteen-inch BBS wheels, a sunroof, Brembo brakes, and rear limited-slip differentials.

2017 Subaru WRX rear angle, blue color, taillights

2017 Subaru WRX Interior

The interior evokes a performance spirit with the driver’s seat design like a cockpit. Some of the standard features available include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, Subaru’s Starlink six-speaker infotainment system, and a 6.2” vehicle information display.

2017 Subaru WRX STI steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

Premium features include auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior lighting accents, carbon fiber trim, premium audio system with navigation, and a 7-inch Starlink touchscreen display.

2017 Subaru WRX interior, leather seats

Available Trims

Five trims are offered for the 2017 Subaru WRX Hatchback: Limited, Premium, Base, WRX STI, and the WRX STI Limited.

2017 Subaru WRX STI side angle, alloy wheels and headlights

Engine Specs

Powering the base WRX is a 268-horsepower – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system. The performance-oriented WRX STI gets a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 305 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Subaru WRX engine


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.9 in. (180.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.7 in. (70.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 108.6ft³
Cargo volume: 12.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3269 lbs
Top Speed: 144 mph
0-60: 5.0 sec
MPG: 17/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lapis Blue Pearl, Pure Red, Crystal White Pearl, WR Blue Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety Review

2017 Subaru WRX lcd screen

In Subaru’s own conducted crash impact safety assessment, the Subaru WRX achieved a five out five star rating. Well, inasmuch as we have to wait a bit longer to get official results from the NHTSA, shoppers who’re eyeing the WRX should rest assured it offers upscale safety to all occupants.

Photos gallery

2017 Subaru WRX limited, blue color, exterior

2017 Subaru WRX spy photo

2017 Subaru WRX STI front view, grille and headlights

2017 Subaru WRX rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Subaru WRX STI blue color, front view, headlights

2017 Subaru WRX interior, gear shift knob and steering wheel

2017 Subaru WRX STI interior, leather seats and steering wheel

2017 Subaru WRX sedan interior, back seats

2017 Subaru WRX trunk