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Subaru WRX STi: Performance sedans for the authentic enthusiast

2018 WRX and WRX STI:

Introducing the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI, the latest versions of the performance sedans with serious motorsport credentials and legendary all-road/all-weather capability. Forging their own path in a sea of sameness, this dynamic duo showcases the core technology that has created diehard followers around the world — namely, the turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engines and Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD. But the engineering has now been fine-tuned for even greater levels of driver engagement. Both cars feature more powerful brake systems and the WRX gets a strengthened manual transmission. The more hardcore WRX STI features a new electronic Driver Controlled Centre Differential for faster response and improved cornering capability. These unique sedans also boast more aggressive exterior styling and sportier interior accents to go along with surprising everyday comfort, cargo space, safety and versatility.

WRX

2018 WRX

2018 model starting at $29,995 MSRP

Power: 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Twin-scroll turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0L SUBARU BOXER engine
• 6-speed manual transmission or optional Sport Lineartronic™ automatic featuring SI-DRIVE and paddle shifters
• 17-inch lightweight 15-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with gunmetal finish
• 6.2-inch Infotainment System with touch-screen, smartphone integration & STARLINK™ apps & services
• Performance-designed front seats

WRX Sport

2018 WRX Sport

2018 model starting at $33,195 MSRP

Power: 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)
• Power tilting and sliding glass sunroof
• LED steering responsive headlights
• LED fog lights
• 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support

WRX Sport-tech

2018 WRX Sport-tech

2018 model starting at $36,495 MSRP

Power: 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Proximity key with push-button start
• 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and leather seating surfaces
• 7-inch Infotainment System with Navigation: High-resolution multi-gesture touch-screen, SirisuXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services
• Harman Kardon® premium 9-speaker system (including subwoofer) with 440-watt amplifier
• 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy performance wheels with dark gunmetal finish

WRX Sport-tech with optional RS Package

2018 WRX Sport-tech with optional RS Package

2018 model starting at $38,795 MSRP

Power: 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Proximity key with push-button start
• 8-way power Recaro® driver's seat with leather accents and Ultrasuede® seat surfaces
• 7-inch Infotainment System with Navigation: High-resolution multi-gesture touch-screen, SirisuXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services
• Jurid* performance brake pads with red painted calipers
• 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy performance wheels with dark gunmetal finish

WRX Sport-tech with optional EyeSight® Package

2018 WRX Sport-tech with optional EyeSight® Package

2018 model starting at $39,095 MSRP

Power: 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Proximity key with push-button start
• 7-inch Infotainment System with Navigation: High-resolution multi-gesture touch-screen, SirisuXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services
• Harmon Kardon® premium 9-speaker system (including subwoofer) with 440-watt amplifier
• EyeSight® Driving Assist System with Reversible Automatic Braking (RAB) and High Beam Assist (HBA)
• Electronic parking brake with auto vehicle hold

WRX STI

2018 WRX STI

2018 model starting at $39,495 MSRP

Power: 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• High-pressure turbocharged and inter-cooled 2.5L high-performance SUBARU BOXER engine with SI-DRIVE and Multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD)
• 18-inch aluminum alloy performance wheels with yellow painted Brembo® 6-pot front and 2-pot rear brake calipers, ventilated and cross-drilled rotors
• LED steering responsive headlights with automatic on/off feature
• 6.2-inch Infotainment System with touch-screen, smartphone integration & STARLINK™ apps & services
• Performance-designed front seats with leather/Ultrasuede® seat surfaces and red seatbelts on all outboard seats

WRX STI Sport

2018 WRX STI Sport

2018 model starting at $41,795 MSRP

Power: 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• Large wing spoiler
• Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)
• 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with yellow painted Brembo® 6-pot front and 2-pot rear brake calipers, ventilated and cross-drilled rotors
• 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and red seatbelts on all outboard seats
• Wiper activated headlights

WRX STI Sport-tech with Wing Spoiler

2018 WRX STI Sport-tech with Wing Spoiler

2018 model starting at $46,595 MSRP

Power: 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with yellow painted Brembo® 6-pot front and 2-pot rear brake calipers, ventilated cross-drilled rotors
• Proximity key with push button start
• 8-way power Recaro® driver's seat with leather accents and Ultrasuede® seat surfaces
• 7-inch Infotainment System with Navigation: High-resolution multi-gesture touch-screen, SiriusXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services
• Harman Kardon® premium 9-speaker system (including subwoofer) wit 440-watt amplifier

WRX STI Sport-tech with Lip Spoiler

2018 WRX STI with Lip Spoiler

2018 model starting at $46,595 MSRP

Power: 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Area (max): 340 L

Key Features

• 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with yellow painted Brembo® 6-pot front and 2-pot rear brake calipers, ventilated cross-drilled rotors
• Proximity key with push button start
• 8-way power Recaro® driver's seat with leather accents and Ultrasuede® seat surfaces
• 7-inch Infotainment System with Navigation: High-resolution multi-gesture touch-screen, SiriusXM™ Radio/Traffic (subscription required) and STARLINK™ apps & services
• Harman Kardon® premium 9-speaker system (including subwoofer) wit 440-watt amplifier

2018 WRX & 2018 WRX STI

When most people picture driving a Subaru around Ontario, the 2018 WRX isn’t the first model to come to mind, but this performance sedan should certainly be on your short list of contenders for your next vehicle. Between the 2018 WRX STI and regular WRX, you have a pair of sedans perfect for those who want thrills along with Subaru reliability. The WRX price is also very affordable, starting at just $29,995 for the WRX or $39,495 for the WRX STI.

Confident and Aggressive Appearance

As you drive around Ontario, others on the road will admire your WRX with its confident, aggressive appearance. At the same time, any WRX review will tell you that this sedan is sleek and refined. Admire the low, wide stance often associated with sports cars or the wide rear fenders. The quad exhaust system, bold front fenders, and menacing front grille only add to the WRX’s sporty nature.

Then there are a range of muscular features that are also incredibly useful, like the LED-infused taillights plus brake lights that are complemented by LED headlights on certain models. Choose from your favorite set of lightweight aluminum alloy wheels featuring Dunlop summer performance tires. In addition to the rear spoiler and other sporty flairs, the 2018 WRX STI and WRX come with features to remind you they are Subarus, a brand known for its practicality. The standard integrated crossbar brackets, for example, let you easily carry extra cargo, including skis, on the roof of your sedan.

Driver-Focused Interior

Once you are done admiring the interior of the 2018 Subaru WRX, it is time to get inside to take advantage of the driver-focused cockpit. Between multimedia options, intuitive controls, and advanced technologies, you get refinement and performance. Even the Multi-function LCD Colour Display is made to make your driving experience better, showing off relevant performance stats, such as engine vacuum, turbo boost pressure, and peak boost values.

Of course, the thing that truly makes the interior of this Subaru worth the WRX price for driving enthusiasts is the front seats with their performance design. The seats were purpose-built with the goal of providing driving pleasure along with plenty of support. Many models even have 10-way power-adjustment plus lumbar support and your choice of premium cloth upholstery, full leather, or Ultrasuede upholstery featuring leather inserts. Or you can choose a model with the Recaro® driver’s seat and its eight-way power, Ultrasuede® inserts, and leather accents.

Intuitive Technology

This interior is complimented by technology, like the touchscreen that relies on swiping and scrolling just like you’d expect. Any WRX review will praise the standard 6.2-inch infotainment system that comes with integration for iPod/USBs, Bluetooth® streaming audio, Aha Radio™, and Satellite Radio in addition to Subaru STARLINK™ for mobile device connection and certain apps.

That being said, you will want to consider a WRX model with the seven-inch version of the touchscreen that includes GPS navigation featuring voice-activation, SiriusXM™ Traffic, SiriusXM™ Travel Link, and voice recognition in French as well as English for Bluetooth®. You even get MirrorLink and Siri Eyes Free to make smartphone connectivity a breeze. For audiophiles, the Harman Kardon® system with nine speakers and a 440-watt amp is a must.

Performance to Exceed Expectations

Even with such a strong, sporty style, the performance under the hood of the 2018 WRX STI and WRX will exceed your expectations. You still get the famous Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system, a rarity on a sports car, but something you will appreciate. Everything sits on the super-strong chassis that uses a fully independent suspension honed during rallies. The result is a 2018 WRX that is stable and precise regardless of road surfaces with unmatched cornering. If you choose the Sport Lineartronic automatic transmission, you automatically get SI-DRIVE, which lets you choose from three driver-selectable modes.

The powertrain is a SUBARU BOXER engine that delivers a dynamic response. This 2.0-liter unit has direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger that delivers peak torque at 2,000 rpm. Or go with the WRX STI to get the 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER that also comes with a turbocharger. The WRX’s powertrain delivers 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while using as little as 8.5 L/100 km on the highway when you select the manual transmission or 9.6 with the Sport Lineartronic automatic. The high-performance powertrain in the WRX STI has 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet. It always works with the close-ratio manual transmission for 10.5 L/100 km on the highway.

Safety to Inspire Confidence

Over the years, Subaru has built up a well-deserved reputation for creating incredibly safe vehicles thanks to both passive and active safety systems that the 2018 WRX benefits from. Between the EyeSight® Advanced Driving Assist System, High Beam Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, the ultra-powerful Anti-Lock Braking Systems, and other safety features, you are protected at every turn.

Check out the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI in person at Budds’ Subaru right here in Oakville and take it for a test drive

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