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2017 Subaru WRX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Subaru WRX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

A driver-oriented design dominates the 2017 Subaru WRX's cabin. There's very little in the way of creature comforts inside, nor is the design particularly handsome. The WRX is first and foremost a performance sedan, after all. That said, the plastics that line most of the cabin are adequate, though not as nice as those in similarly priced competitors. Some trim pieces help remind you of the WRX's performance chops, like aluminum pedals, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and faux carbon fiber accents. Subaru didn't do a great job with noise, vibration and harshness prevention, as a fair amount of road noise makes its way into the cabin.

  • The WRX interior is outfitted with decent tech, but it's not going to wow you with superb build quality, low levels of road noise or stylish design." -- Edmunds
  • "The WRX's interior is essentially standard Impreza fare, meaning it boasts a function-over-form cockpit with a 6.1-inch LCD touch screen on the center stack, rectangular air vents and a vehicle information display on top of the dashboard. Faux carbon fiber trim, aluminum pedals, cloth-upholstered sport seats and a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel emphasize the performance-focused nature of the car." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • Door plastics are just fair, and there's a new faux carbon fiber look to the center stack and dash trim. All in all, the interior isn't anything special, but it's organized neatly." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

There are seats for five in the 2017 WRX, and it comes standard with cloth upholstery and front sport seats that have ample side support to hold you in place as you tear through turns. Higher trims get leather, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. Beyond their exceptional side bolstering, the front seats will keep you comfortable even after a full day of driving. Thanks to narrow roof supports, you'll have a great view of the road ahead and the countryside all-around. The rear seats offer plenty of room for adults.

  • "As a driver's car, the driving position is spot on, as are the firm, nicely bolstered sport seats. Thin roof pillars provide for excellent outward visibility, and large side mirrors make it easy to monitor conditions to the sides and rear." -- Edmunds
  • "As for functionality, remember that the Subaru WRX is based on the Impreza, giving you a comfortable rear seat, even for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Seats are comfortable, offering great lateral support in corners without causing occupants to feel squeezed. After driving more than 200 miles in the new WRX – and much of that on fairly rough roads – we vacated the car feeling as if we could have easily gone another 200 miles." -- MSN Autos (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the WRX include single-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and a rearview camera. Optional features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, navigation, an upgraded 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and Subaru's Starlink Safety and Security telematics system.

Both of the WRX's infotainment systems have intuitive menus and straightforward controls. The optional 7-inch touch screen can recognize gestures that will feel familiar to smartphone owners. You can connect your phone to the infotainment system with Bluetooth or the USB port to access internet apps like Pandora or Aha. The Starlink Safety and Security system can give you easy access to emergency services or roadside assistance, should you need them. You can also use your smartphone to remotely lock, unlock, or locate your WRX.

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  • "Interior design and layout are basic, with simple and easy-to-use controls, but not much in the way of frills." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything is easy to operate, correctly putting function over form." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The nice thing is, none of the tech going on in front of you or underneath you makes any effort to call attention to itself. The WRX just goes; it's aim-and-squirt. Train the car on a given point and you'll get there." -- Autoweek (2015)

Cargo

With 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, the WRX has less room for your stuff than most compact sedans. In comparison, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI sport sedan has a whopping 15.7 cubic feet in the trunk. You could also consider a hot hatchback like the Ford Focus ST to carry even more luggage without losing thrilling performance. The WRX has a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat to let you haul longer objects while still keeping a seat or two available for passengers.

  • "The WRX has 12 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. This is below average for a small sedan. Also, most of the WRX's rivals are offered as more versatile hatchbacks (the GTI can hold up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo behind its rear seats, for instance)." -- Edmunds
  • Although undeniably not as practical as its five-door hatchback predecessor, the WRX boasts 12 cubic feet of trunk space with five occupants on board. The rear seats fold down 60/40 in order to free up extra trunk space." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "… the roomy trunk provides plenty of space for cargo." -- MSN Autos (2015)

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