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2015 Subaru WRX Review

The 2015 Subaru WRX finishes in the middle of our compact car rankings. This is one of the most athletic cars in the class, but its poor reliability rating keeps it from finishing higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Highest safety rating in its class
  • Superb handling
  • Responsive engines
  • Supportive front seats
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Small trunk
  • Bland cabin
  • Poor reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Subaru WRX Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru WRX a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Subaru WRX is a decent used compact car. It has powerful engines and buttoned-down handling, making it more fun to drive than almost every class rival. However, there are some key areas where it trails many competitors, including fuel economy and cargo capacity. To make matters worse, it has a terrible reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Subaru WRX review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Subaru WRX?

There are about 465 listings for the 2015 Subaru WRX on our site, and the average list price is $24,900. Prices range from $19,000 to $31,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Subaru WRX Cost to Own?

The 2015 WRX's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,200, or $6,040 per year. That’s well above average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New WRX?

The 2015 WRX belongs to the same generation as the 2019 WRX, which starts at $27,195. Subaru refreshed the WRX for 2018, marking the first time since the 2016 model year that the WRX had received significant updates. The 2018 WRX received an updated front fascia, improved cabin materials, and available Recaro front seats. The refresh also included a retuned suspension and improved shifting and steering feel, resulting in better handling and performance.

For 2019, the WRX gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a slightly larger standard touch screen (6.5 inches, up from 6.2). STI models gain an additional 5 horsepower. With so many additions and a starting price that still falls in the 2015 model's price range, WRX shoppers should strongly consider a 2019 model.

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The starting price of nearly every new compact car falls in the 2015 WRX's price range. Many of these cars are better than the WRX because they offer additional creature comforts, better fuel economy, or more room for passengers and cargo. Several of these models can rival the WRX's performance. Two good options are the 2019 Volkswagen Golf and 2019 Mazda3.

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Which Model Year of the Subaru WRX Is Best?

For four generations, Subaru sold the WRX as a sport-tuned trim level of the Impreza (called the Impreza WRX). For 2015, Subaru launched the stand-alone Subaru WRX as part of an all-new generation. The 2016 Subaru WRX added new driver assistance and safety tech, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Subaru also updated the WRX's touch-screen infotainment system for 2016. The 2017 model saw no major updates. Pick the 2016 model if its updates are important to you. Otherwise, you can save some money with a 2015 WRX.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru WRX?

The 2015 Subaru WRX has the lowest-possible reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Subaru WRX Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2015 Subaru WRX. One concerns the subwoofer wire, and the other involves the turbocharger intake duct. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Subaru WRX Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Subaru WRX comes in three trims: WRX, WRX Limited, and WRX Premium. A performance-oriented WRX STI is also available. The base WRX comes with automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth connectivity, and audio controls on the WRX's leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Although the base WRX is nicely appointed, the Limited is worth looking out for. The Subaru WRX Limited features leather-trimmed upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and upgraded headlights with automatic height adjustment. The Subaru WRX STI comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and heated exterior mirrors.

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What Does Subaru's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Subaru offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Subaru provides no additional coverage for CPO vehicles, so buyers receive the remainder of the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty. However, buyers can purchase additional coverage. Every CPO Subaru must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like owner loyalty discounts, a one-year Starlink Safety Plus trial subscription, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Subaru’s CPO program isn’t particularly robust. Among affordable automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and many others have better programs.

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How Safe Is the WRX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 WRX the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick.

A rearview camera and an impact-sensing fuel cutoff feature are standard. No other active safety equipment is available.

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2015 Subaru WRX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru WRX or 2015 Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 is another candidate for the most fun-to-drive compact car. It handles incredibly well and has energetic powertrains. The Mazda is more fuel efficient than its Subaru rival and has a more upscale cabin. The Mazda3 also earns a higher reliability rating, and it's available in sedan and hatchback body styles. In this comparison, the Mazda3 is a better choice for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru WRX or 2015 Volkswagen GTI?

The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is a hatchback, while the WRX is a compact sedan. Both cars have stellar safety scores and deliver excellent performance overall. However, the GTI touts a better reliability rating, a more upscale cabin, and a roomier cargo hold. The GTI is the better car in this matchup.

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2015 WRX Performance

How Does the 2015 Subaru WRX Drive?

The 2015 WRX comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 268 horsepower. The WRX STI comes with a 305-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with six- and eight-speed manual modes is available on the WRX, while all WRX STI models feature a six-speed manual transmission.

The base engine feels lively in all situations. It's responsive, with little turbo lag, and it provides ample power and eager acceleration. With its larger engine, the WRX STI feels even quicker. The manual transmission feels smooth, and the available CVT works well.

This Subaru is arguably the most athletic member of the compact car class. It's supremely nimble, and its standard all-wheel-drive system provides terrific road grip. This combination gives drivers the confidence to aggressively take on winding roads and makes the WRX wildly fun to drive. The ride is firm, but not to the point of being uncomfortable.

Does the 2015 Subaru WRX Get Good Gas Mileage?

Several rivals are more fuel-efficient than the 2015 WRX. This Subaru gets its best fuel economy with the base engine and the manual transmission: 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the automatic, and the ratings drop to 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The WRX STI, which only comes with a manual transmission, gets 17/23 mpg city/highway.

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2015 WRX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 WRX Seat?

The 2015 Subaru WRX seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Heated front seats and leather upholstery are available. With the 2015 WRX's cabin, Subaru prioritized function over form, so it isn't as stylish or upscale as some rivals' interiors. The front seats are comfortable, and they have enough support for a full day of driving. Drivers will enjoy great forward visibility, and finding a suitable driving position is easy. The rear seats are fairly roomy as well, and they offer a good amount of legroom.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Subaru WRX?

The WRX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. Most types of car seats fit into this Subaru without issue, and the LATCH anchors are easy to use.

2015 Subaru WRX Features

The 2015 WRX comes with a decent number of features. These include a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a security system with an engine immobilizer.

Available features include a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, voice-controlled navigation, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start.

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2015 Subaru WRX Dimensions

Subaru WRX Cargo Space

The Subaru WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space. That's less space than other compact cars offer and much less than what you get in a compact hatchback.

2015 WRX Length and Weight

The 2015 WRX is about 15.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,267 to 3,450 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Subaru WRX Built?

Subaru built the 2015 WRX in Japan.


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