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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Subaru WRX Review

The 2015 Subaru WRX has a sporty feel thanks to its all-wheel-drive grip and high-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Bland interior materials and a relatively high cost of ownership keep this compact car in the middle of a very competitive class.

Pros & Cons

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

2015 Subaru WRX Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru WRX a Good Used Car?

The WRX is a good choice for buyers seeking an exhilarating compact car with plenty of power. Standard all-wheel drive enhances the driving experience, and top safety scores up this car’s appeal. Be aware, however, that long-term ownership costs for the WRX are the highest in the class.

Used 2015 Subaru WRX Performance and Interior

The 2015 WRX comes standard with a turbocharged, intercooled 268-horsepower four-cylinder boxer engine. A 305-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine comes with the WRX STI. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission with six- and eight-speed manual modes is available. All WRX STI models feature a six-speed manual transmission. Standard all-wheel drive helps the WRX hug the road with tenacity. The ride is somewhat firm, but it’s not likely to bother shoppers who prioritize sporty handling.

The base 2015 WRX gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The WRX STI has an EPA rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.

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The 2015 Subaru WRX seats five on cloth seats. Available features include heated front seats and leather upholstery. Interior materials include some soft-touch plastics and faux carbon fiber. The overall impression is rather dull. Sightlines are outstanding from the driver’s seat, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. However, road noise readily finds its way into the cabin. The WRX has complete LATCH child-seat systems in the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

The WRX comes with Bluetooth and a security system with an engine immobilizer. Available features in some trims include a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, voice-controlled navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. The available navigation system makes it difficult to access audio functions, and the gauges can be difficult to see in bright sunlight.

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Used 2015 Subaru WRX Prices

The price of a used 2015 Subaru WRX ranges from about $22,500 for the base WRX trim to around $25,200 for the Premium trim with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 16 professional reviews for this 2015 Subaru WRX overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru WRX?

The 2015 Subaru WRX has a predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s considered average for the industry.

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How Safe Is the WRX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 WRX a Top Safety Pick and gave it the top rating of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not rate the WRX.

Standard active safety equipment includes a rearview camera and impact-sensing fuel cutoff. No other active safety equipment is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used WRX?

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, which includes the 2017 model year. The 2016 Subaru WRX added new driver assistance and safety tech to the 2015 model, and it includes an updated touch-screen infotainment system. You may want to consider a used 2016 model if these features are important to you. Otherwise, there were no notable changes between the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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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’s features include automatic climate control, cruise control, and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, audio controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity. Amenities in the Premium trim include heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a trunk spoiler. The Subaru WRX Limited features leather-trimmed upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat, and upgraded headlights with automatic height adjustment. The Subaru WRX STI comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats up front, and heated exterior mirrors. The base WRX is nicely appointed, but most will find the Premium a good trim to consider for its offerings.

With its average predicted reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned Subaru WRX. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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2015 Subaru WRX and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru WRX or 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a high-performance competitor of the WRX. It has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Like the WRX, which has 290 pound-feet of torque, the Mitsubishi has all-wheel drive for strong handling. The Subaru’s nicer interior and slightly better predicted reliability rating make it the better choice.

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

The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is a hot hatch, while the WRX is known as a hot compact sedan. The two share identical safety and predicted reliability scores and deliver excellent handling and power. The major difference between the two comes down to their interiors: the Subaru’s bland interior materials give the Volkswagen a slight edge.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru WRX or 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class in its base trim is no competition for the WRX when it comes to acceleration and handling. Match up the WRX STI and the CLA 45 AMG, and you have two potent rivals. The Mercedes has a 355-horsepower four-cylinder engine, while the WRX STI has a 305-horsepower four-cylinder power plant. Both have standard all-wheel drive. If you need to carry four adults, the WRX is the better choice thanks to its larger interior space. The Subaru also has a lower total cost of ownership when comparing base models.

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