With new features and much-improved performance, and prices bumped up negligibly if at all (with the base manual WRX just $27,090), the 2015 WRX is looking like a stronger performance value than ever—and one that you could drive year-round, as opposed to a lot of other performance models.
Among other features, the WRX now comes with standard automatic climate control; a flat-bottomed steering wheel that tilts and telescopes; an AM/FM/CD player; Bluetooth; a USB port; and steering-wheel audio and phone controls.
A rearview camera is standard on the WRX, and its output is displayed on a small 4.3-in. LCD screen that doubles as a boost gauge display, a VDC monitor, and an audio readout. It's far from the best camera setup we've seen, though on its scale the screen has a crisp picture.
In the STI, you get a lot of other extras, like leather and Alcantara (faux-suede) seating, dual-zone climate control, an improved center console, and LED headlamps and turn-signal mirrors; and these altogether help erase some of the price differential. You also get a electroluminescent gauge panel, as well as upgraded soft-touch materials for the dash, door trim, and armrest.
STI Limited models get leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, a sunroof, and Harman/Kardon audio..
Other major options include a power driver seat; heated front seats; a sunroof; pushbutton start; and a navigation system, which fits a large touchscreen to the dash and takes over infotainment functions. We're no fans of Subaru's stab at infotainment here--the screen has tiny and fiddly buttons and feels underdeveloped--but it brings with it harman/kardon audio with 9 speakers and 440 watts of sound, along with Aha smartphone connectivity.
At the enthusiast end of the scale, you'll want to be seen in the WRX STI Launch Edition—an especially attractive version of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI that includes gold-painted 18-inch BBS alloy wheels as well as WR Blue Pearl paint that's a familiar competition color. With it, you also get special blue interior highlights and a short-throw shifter, plus keyless start, at a total price of $38,190.