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2021 Subaru WRX Interior Review

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Interior: 6.1/10

The 2021 Subaru WRX has a dated interior with many hard plastic surfaces. It also lets in lots of road noise. On the plus side, the infotainment system is straightforward, the front seats are comfortable, and the rear outboard seats can fit two adults without much issue.

  • "Dark, loud, and made of middling materials, its cabin is a bleak place within which to while away the miles." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's also a lot of hard plastic in a car that costs nearly $40,000 as tested. Some nice faux suede surfaces and optional Recaro seats class things up a bit, but you're paying for performance here, not luxury." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "The inside of the Subaru WRX immediately reminds that there was a schism between the regular Impreza and the WRX; where the former is now on a new platform with a vastly improved cabin design, the WRX is still based on the old Impreza. …the interior does feature a lot of hard and coarsely grained plastics." -- CNET (2019)

Cargo

The WRX has a 12-cubic-foot trunk. That’s adequate space for a few bags and suitcases, but most compact cars provide more cargo room. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split, making it easier to fit long items.

  • "A spacious trunk and a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat provides the WRX with plenty of space for carrying cargo." -- Car and Driver
  • "The WRX STI is a sedan among hatchback competitors, making it less versatile than rivals such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Volkswagen Golf R. There's enough room (12 cubic feet) for a few suitcases in the trunk, and a low, wide opening makes it easy to load cargo. The rear seats also fold down for more flexibility, but matching hatchback models offer twice the cargo capacity." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "A generously sized trunk swallows 12 cubic feet of luggage, which is good, though less than the trunk of a Honda Civic Si sedan." -- CNET (2019)

Seating

This Subaru has five seats. The front seats are supportive and well cushioned, and they provide enough head- and legroom for tall occupants. Outward visibility is excellent in all directions. The rear outboard seats have adequate space for adults.

Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and Recaro front sport seats.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat with the ability to borrow a lower anchor from each side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

  • "While all models feature comfortable and well-bolstered seats, we're partial to the optional Recaro front seats. Comfortable and supportive, the seats also feature red trim that adds some much-needed color to the otherwise somber cabin." -- Car and Driver
  • "… the view forward and to the sides is as unobstructed as it can be, making you feel immediately comfortable and cognizant of the car’s extremities. Though there are five seats, no one seeks the middle rear unless they’ve lost a bet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Subaru WRX may have its roots in the speedy world of rally racing, where roads can change from dirt to gravel to asphalt in a single run, but today's WRX is also a fast and legitimate family car with a roomy interior, good visibility and comfortable seats." -- Edmunds (2020)

Interior Features

The WRX comes standard with remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system that includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

The infotainment screen is fairly easy to use, though it’s occasionally slow to respond to inputs. The main audio and climate controls are logically arranged, but the standard audio system has poor sound quality.

Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive headlights.

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  • "The STI's 7-inch touchscreen is an improvement over earlier iterations, but it still feels dated compared to the newer displays and infotainment systems in rivals. … Audio quality is poor and starts to distort as you increase the volume past 75%." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "The standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system works well enough, though it has relatively slow responses to inputs on the display." -- CNET (2019)
  • "All controls are simple, well placed and attractive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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