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A touchscreen navigation head unit with RCA inputs is an option on Limited and Premium models.
Car and Driver
It takes more than one DVD to cover the U.S., forcing disc swaps for different regions, which is kind of weak in this era of hard-drive and flash-memory-based GPS.
Premium options like leather seating surfaces and a moonroof come with the Limited trim level.
updated audio system with Bluetooth music streaming and full iPod integration capabilities
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one of the best performance bargains on the planet
The 2013 Subaru WRX and STI models are offered in sedan and hatchback styles, and feature content is almost (but not quite) the same between body styles. The WRX comes in base, Premium, and Limited models, with navigation available at extra cost on Premium and Limited models. STI models come in base and Limited models, with navigation available on both. The STI hatchback is an exception; it's offered in a single trim.
Standard equipment is decent, with keyless entry, cruise control, automatic climate control, Bluetooth (hands-free and audio streaming), a solid stereo, and auxiliary iPod/USB connectors. Some of the available options include leather seats and upholstery; a moonroof; touch-screen navigation with satellite radio; and more. Top Limited models include a moonroof, fog lamps, heated power mirrors, a windshield-wiper de-icer, and heated leather seats.
For the most part, times have changed and these models no longer feel like they're economy cars, dressed up with better performance and more features. Only with some continued feature improvements for the Impreza lineup for 2013, WRX and STI shoppers who are finicky about interior appointments may end up feeling like they get the short end of the stick.
Considering the WRX's low base price--of less than $27k including destination--this model's performance for the money might be its best feature. It packs a lot of performance, practicality, and convenience into such a small number. The WRX STI costs quite a bit more, but it does outperform a number of cars far exceeding its price range.
The 2013 WRX and STI are well-equipped touring cars with no shortage of tech or convenience features.