2015 Subaru WRX - shift lever with CVTEnlarge Photo
Fakes an eight-speed automatic pretty well. Anyone who gets into the 2015 Subaru WRX can’t afford to miss the steering-wheel buttons that toggle between Intelligent (I), Sport (S), and Sport Sharp (S#). While those modes make some difference to accelerator sensitivity (and how quickly the turbo spools up) whether you get the manual or the CVT, the latter is where they bring a full-on personality change. As well as ’S’ works on the road, it’s a ‘point and shoot’ mode, as we see it, and if you want predictable reproducible behavior for the track or mountain roads, you should click over to S#. Shifts are a little slurred in the lower gears, if you want a quick shift for a hairpin, but as you get into the upper gears it’s downright snappy and could be mistaken for an eight-speed automatic.
2015 Subaru WRX - drive mode buttons
2015 Subaru WRX - drive mode buttonsEnlarge Photo