Once upon a time getting an STI meant getting a very basic tuner-car interior with limited options, but you'll no longer need to make that compromise. Subaru has become smart to the idea that WRX buyers would rather have a STI, and some STI buyers aspire to a BMW M3 or Porsche Cayman—without giving up creature comforts—so the automaker has now added an all-weather package for the STI, as well as made leather and a moonroof optional. A touch-screen nav system with Sirius Satellite Radio remains optional. And Subaru has finally added a one-touch up/down driver's window with anti-pinch. Of course all of this places the WRX and STI on stronger competitive ground against its archrival, the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evolution.
Despite new sound systems for 2011, we still aren't that fond of the interface or the sound quality in the WRX and STI models, though they now include Bluetooth connectivity—both for hands-free calling and music streaming—as well as an auxiliary input, USB, and iPod connector. Otherwise, it's easy to forget when out on the track that these are very practical, useful vehicles; with a good set of all-weather tires, they're great in the snow, they don't have the delicate groundwork of other performance cars, and back seats fold down easily for more cargo.
The real standout feature of the 2011 Subaru WRX isn't any one feature at all—it's the way Subaru has managed to package so many very good features into an affordable package. Priced at $28,995 for the Limited model, which is very nicely configured as it sits, the 2011 WRX delivers on all fronts.
The 2011 Subaru WRX family no longer has a tuner-car feel inside; these are well-equipped touring cars with no shortage of tech and entertainment features.