Subaru Impreza WRX - STI Minivans | Wagons

Subaru Impreza WRX - STI Minivans | Wagons 



  • All-wheel drive stability provides excellent handling
  • Powerful turbo "boxer" engines
  • Strong safety ratings
  • STI model is not cheap
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Turbo engine drinks more than Dean Martin at an open bar
Bottom line: the Impreza WRX and WRX STI are fun, reliable, and fast cars. Plus, they are practical for small families and carrying small loads .

The 2011 Subaru WRX and WRX STI represent Subaru's high performance all-wheel drive offerings. 2009 model year had major chassis changes and engine performance upgrades. The 2011 models build upon the improvements made in 2009.

The Subaru WRX is equipped with a 265 hp turbocharged 2.5 liter Boxer engine that has a maximum torque of 244 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Fitted exclusively with WRX suspension tuning and a 5-speed manual transmission, EPA fuel economy estimates are defined at 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Subaru WRX has a functional hood scoop which supplies air to the intercooler. With continuous AWD, Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system splits the power 50:50 front to rear and can transfer power to wheels with the best traction.

For 2011, Subaru fitted the WRX with the widebody pieces from the STI model. Now the WRX and WRX STI share the same widebody design, including the newly developed 4-door model. Front and rear track was widened approximately 1.5 inches and stiffer rear subframe bushings were installed. Wider wheels and tires are now standard equipment on the 2011 WRX. Wheels are now 17 x 8 inches vs. 17 x 7-inches. Correspondingly, the tires are now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17 compared to before. The wider track dimensions, wider wheels and tires, and firmer subframe bushing are designed to work together helping reduce body roll and improve cornering stability.

The audio system was revised with integrated Bluetooth and iPod control capability.

Separating the two models is the massive rear wing on the STI and 40 extra horsepower. Both models are offered as a 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan model for the first time.

New for 2011, the Subaru WRX STI also receives a major chassis upgrade with retuned suspension featuring higher spring rates, thick anti-sway bars, and new bushings. The rear spoiler on the 4-door maximizes the aerodynamic configuration and the new 18 inch BBS forged-alloy wheels are lighter with a coat of high luster paint.

Under the hood, the 2.5 liter turbocharged engine produces 305 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard.

Key standard equipment related to performance includes Brembo Performance Brake System, double-wishbone rear suspension, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with driver controlled center differential (DCCD)


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[Jul 17, 2011]
Model Reviewed: Subaru STi Limited


Fast! Really fast, and not in a 0-60 way. There are faster cars for that, but down a highway, it's untouchable.. and fun. Don't forget the fun. I've put almost 8k miles on mine in just over 2 months, and I absolutely look for any excuse to get in the car.


It's design is definitely not for everyone. If you want luxury, go buy and Audi or BMW.

Fun car, that may not be worth the money to many people who are looking for more flash and less gas. Personally, it was exactly what I was looking for, and if you enjoy a foot to the floor experience in a car that's fun on any terrain, this might be for you.

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