LA Auto Show: 2015 Subaru WRX – Next Chapter of Rally-ready Performance

2015 subaru wrx

It’s here! It’s finally here!  The 2015 Subaru WRX arrived today at the 2013 LA Auto Show.  This four door sedan not only looks better than in previous years, it offers better performance and fuel economy than its predecessors as well.

The WRX comes to us with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-charged BOXER engine, good for 268 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 258 lb/ft of torque, available between 2,000 and 5,200 rpm.  A new 6 speed manual transmission is standard, scooting you to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.  You can also opt for a new Sport Lineartronic CVT.  This CVT will feature a 6 and 8 speed manual shift modes, but 60 mph comes in at a slower 5.9 seconds. EPA fuel ratings are 21 MPG in the city, 28 MPG out on the highway with the manual transmission.  The CVT turns in a lower 19/25 MPG.


There are two different AWD systems available in the new 2015 Subaru WRX, but they come as a package deal with the transmission.  Go with the standard 6-speed and you’ll get the Continuous AWD system with a 50:50 torque split. Those who refuse to row their own gears receive the Variable Torque Distribution version of AWD with a 45:55 torque split.  Subaru claims this rearward torque bias improves agility.

2015 subaru wrx dash interior

Inside, the cabin is roomier and materials are better.  The dash, door trim, and center console arm rest are all made with soft touch materials.  The multi-functional flat-bottom leather wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescopes and there is an available 8 way power driver’s seat.  Also available are keyless entry and ignition, heated seats, a 9-speaker premium audio system, and navigation.

Some may be disappointed that the WRX is no longer offered in a 5 door hatch.  Instead, the 4 door sedan has been beefed up with a more aggressive stance and nearly every body part unique to the 2015 WRX.  17” wheels are standard and the functional hood scoop is set more deeply into the hood, all in the quest for better forward visibility.

Check out this insider TFLcar video of the 2015 Subaru WRX reveal at the 2013 LA Auto Show: