2017 Subaru WRX STI Release Date, Info & Specs

Whenever it comes to handling, performance, and power, the 2017 Subaru WRX has the right stuff, and with an all-time AWD, the added traction is definitely a bonus. The overall cabin refinement, however, remains an unaddressed issue. Some of its strengths include many premium safety equipment options available, a brisk acceleration, superb steering and handling, and improved traction availed by the standard AWD system. Its date of release should be expected in March next year as per the rumors going round the internet.

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For 2017, the vehicle comes equipped with a new optional driver assistance and safety systems technology, a new smartphone integration system, and an upgraded touchscreen interface.

2017 Subaru WRX STI front view, taillights and tailpipe

Coming off a redesign only a few years ago, the new STI now heaps more performance and power than ever before. With a 0-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds, the engine base is probably the best in the segment today. Nimble handling, clear-cut steering, and a standard AWD make any twisty adventures fun. The 2017 STI basically ups the ante effortlessly once again.

2017 Subaru WRX STI front angle, silvercolorDespite the slew of upgrades, the cabin suffers immensely. Other downsides include a rough ride, and significant road and wind noise even at average speeds. Well, who really cares? Maybe the noisy and exciting rumbling of the engines is probably one of the reason why Subaru has such a fanatic following. If it doesn’t fit your priorities, some alternatives to consider include the 2017 Ford Focus RS, 2017 Mini Cooper JCW, and the 2017 Golf GTI.

Available Trims – Subaru WRX STI

The five-passenger 2017 Subaru WRX sedan is offered in only three trims: base. Premium, and the Limited, while the performance-themed WRX STI offers only two trims: base, Limited and the Series Hyper Blue Edition.

Interior Review & Exterior Concept News – 2017 Subaru WRX

The 2017 Subaru WRX features standard front sport seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 4.3” information vehicle display, cruise control, a spoiler trunk-lid, 17” wheels with summer performance tires, USB interface, auxiliary audio input, 60/40-split rear fold-down seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and smartphone app integration.

2017 Subaru WRX STI interior, leather seats

Upgrading to the WRX Premium trim offers you LED low-beam headlamps, keyless ignition, a leather-trimmed upholstery, power driver eight-way seat, keyless entry, exterior heated mirrors, foglights, a windshield wiper de-icer, an electronic sunroof, front heated seats, and heated exterior mirrors.

Buyers who opt for the Continuously Variable Transmission system can get a power parking brake, responsive steering foglights, blind-spot detection, lane-assist, EyeSight system, automated pre-collision mitigation system, cruise adaptive control, a premium audio system, and a navigation system. Those who stick the manual transmission get a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an optional 7” StarLink display.

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

The 2017 STI trim bundles the contents of both the WRX and WRX Premium trims and adds climate control (dual-zone), suspension modes, a sunroof, traffic alerts, a 7” StarLink screen, keyless ignition and entry, a more aggressive tuned suspension, a system navigation, a more agile new engine, a rear and front limited-slip differentials, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

Selections offered for the STI trim includes a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded sound system, a navigation system, and a choice of either the trunk low-profile lip spoiler or the rally-style iconic tall wing spoiler.

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The Hyper Blue – an edition of the STI trim, is basically an improved version of the STI Limited but dissimilar in terms of the interior trim and the unique outside paint.

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru WRX

All the trims apart from the STI come powered with a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed 2.0L turbocharged “boxer” engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. And depending on the driving mode, the optional Continuous Variable Transmission system lets the tranny impersonate either an eight- or a six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Subaru WRX STI engine

EPA estimates the fuel economy are estimated to be 27/20/23 mpg in the highway/city/combined with the manually-equipped WRX, and 18/24/21 mpg with the CVT-fitted models. During our test drives, the manual-equipped WRX accelerated from 0-60 mph in a laudable 5.4 seconds.

A turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant good for 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. of torque ups the stakes for the 2017 Subaru WRX STI trim. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 23/17/19 mpg, and its acceleration to 60 mph clocks 5.0 seconds.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru WRX

Speculation alleges the 2017 Subaru WRX wagon will probably hit dealerships March next year. As for the price, expect the base to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $26,595, and $34,695 for the STI trim once they are released.


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2017 Subaru Forester Release Date, Review and Info

To be quite frank, it can’t get any better! With great safety scores, a spacious and well-appointed interior, an obvious AWD system, a stout turbocharged engine, and an off-road ready capability, the redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester will certainly be a sold choice in its class once it is released into the market sometime in February 2017.

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The Forester has managed to gain a substantial fanatic following despite the intense competition existing in the small crossover SUV category. Nothing is super flashy about it lest you think it is the best, but its combination of performance, mid-level luxury, and superior handling with functional simplicity will make you fall in love with it.

2017 Subaru Forester front view, blue color, headlights and grille

And thanks to the standard all-wheel drive system and generous ground clearance, the new 2017 Subaru Forester is as comfortable in the desert as it is on the highway. Better fuel consumption and safety are some of the defining attributes the Forester has been able to leverage upon. For 2017, upscale features such as the blind-spot monitoring are provided in addition to the existing slew of safety technologies such as forward warning and mitigation, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-assist.

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In terms of fuel superiority, the CVT is a big help especially during highway cruising. However, nitpicking has revealed the Forester isn’t a saint either. One notable drawback that seems to haunt the Forester, and which Subaru either chooses to ignore or lets it pass is the lackluster acceleration. Therefore, it may seem wise to shop around first before putting a period on the 2017 Subaru Forester.

2017 Subaru Forester front angle, headlights and grille

Rivals include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, the 2017 Ford Escape, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Offered Trims – Subaru Forester

Six trim models are offered for the 2017 Subaru Forester: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.51 Touring, 2.0XT Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium. All these models are offered with an AWD system. The STI review is separately covered.

2017 Subaru Forester Engine Specifications

The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine which Subaru says can produce about 170 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. Buyers have the option of either opting for the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT transmission system. The engine is equipped under the skins of both the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models.

2017 Subaru Forester engine

EPA projections put the fuel economy numbers for the CVT-equipped 2.5i model at 32/24/27 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/22/25 mpg for the manual transmission system. Impressive ratings considering the models are also equipped with a standard AWD system.

For those looking for more trouble beneath their hoods, Subaru has offered them with the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine if you choose the 2.0XT model. With this you get 250 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is paired exclusively with a CVT. A time of 6.3 seconds is required to get the 2.0XT Touring past 60 mph. EPA ratings put its fuel economy at 28/23/25 mpg.

Interior Changes & 2017 Subaru Forester Exterior Colors

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Standard accessories and features available on the base model includes adaptive cruise control, a 6.2” display, full power accessories, USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Subaru’s StarLink technology interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker sound system, and HD radio.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, leather seats

Optional items available for the base model include reclining rear seatbacks, a rear privacy glass, satellite radio, dual USB ports, a rear armrest, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat, a larger 7-inch touchscreen interface, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, and voice commands.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, steering wheel, suny roof

Stepping up to the 2.5i Limited gets you hill descent control, automatic headlights, a cargo area tray, an adjustable-height power liftgate, foglights, a leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument cluster, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rear roof spoiler, and an adjustable-height power liftgate.

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The 2.5i Touring model gets an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and rear folding seatbacks.

Opting for the 2.0XT Premium allows you to have a rear roof spoiler, 18” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the upgraded instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension system, and an upgraded instrument cluster.

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At the top of the trim lineup is the 2.0XT Touring trim which only differs with the Premium version in terms of the exclusive options it gets.

Release Date & 2017 Subaru Forester Price

Latest news allege the new 2017 Subaru Forester is set for release in February 2017, at least for the Japan market and about a month later elsewhere. As for the price, it was established during the Tokyo Auto Show the Forester SUV will offer a window sticker displaying a base MSRP of $22,395.

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2017 Subaru WRX Release Date, Review and Specs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Available Trims

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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