The 2023 Subaru WRX is an all-wheel drive sports compact car manufactured by Japanese automaker Subaru. The Subaru WRX is more refined and quieter than before, its ride quality is better than before, and it still offers an exhilarating driving experience. The 2023 WRX, Subaru lineup left the Subaru Impreza with a different body style that was not offered as an optional hatchback/wagon.
Its contemporary interior design and available 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system also now align better with newer rivals such as the Hyundai Elantra N and the VW Golf GTI and Jetta GLI. Of course, only the WRX in this group has all-wheel drive. The 2023 Subaru is the latest generation of the well-known all-wheel drive sports compact. It rides on a new platform, has a more pronounced body, and is motivated by a larger and slightly more powerful turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine.
2023 Subaru WRX : Interior
Inside, the WRX feels spacious for its class, and finding the perfect riding position should be easy. There’s plenty of range from the adjustable steering column and driver’s seat. All of the cabin controls are at your fingertips and are fairly easy to navigate, apart from the center screen, which looks daunting to use. The rear seat is a little more cramped, especially since the transmission tunnel runs through the middle of the floor, so don’t put your leggy friends in the middle of the back seat.
The 11.6-inch center display on the Subaru WRX Limited is a highlight of the indoor experience. It has clear graphics and quick responses to inputs. Some users may not like the portrait-style layout, but its functions are relatively easy to get used to. It’s easy to see navigation destinations and directions, thanks to the clear display and high-contrast display. The 11-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is also excellent, with high-quality sound suitably amplified for high-volume listening.
Smartphone connections happen quickly, and voice controls are easy to use, with a range of onscreen prompts and the system’s understanding of most natural languages. Our test car was missing some key optional driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, but the blind spot monitoring system and onboard lane keeping assist worked well without false alarms or overly sensitive warnings.
2023 Subaru WRX : Engine
Under the hood of WRX Subaru is a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder engine. 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque routes through the standard six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). By tradition, every WRX is equipped with an all-wheel drive. The WRX is rated by the EPA to deliver 22 mpg with the manual transmission and 21 mpg with the optional CVT automatic. On our real-world 75 mph highway fuel economy route, the six-speed manual Subaru WRX Limited managed 28 mpg.
2023 Subaru WRX : Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2022 Subaru WRX an overall safety rating of five out of five, with five stars in frontal, side crash, and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2023 Subaru WRX its Top Safety Choice, giving it the highest good rating in all six crash tests.
Subaru WRX models with these headlights scored well for forwarding visibility, while models with adaptive but non-automatic high-beam headlights scored the second highest Acceptable. Headlights on all 2023 WRX models received the lowest Bad rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead. IIHS uses a different scale to rate collision avoidance systems. IIHS gave the 2023 Subaru WRX the highest Superior rating for optional frontal collision avoidance systems.