As you read these words, we're putting together our full First Drive report on the 2015 Subaru WRX STI. And back in December, we were given our first shot behind the wheel of the wingless 2015 Subaru WRX. Both cars will launch at the same time, hitting dealers this spring, and Subaru has now confirmed that pricing will start at $26,295 for the standard WRX, and $34,495 for the hotter STI, with both models subject to a *$795 for destination fee.

On the WRX, that price gets you a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There are three trim levels available – base, Premium and Limited – the latter of which will retail for $28,495 and $29,995, respectively. Premium and Limited models are also available with a new continuously variable transmission (it isn't bad – seriously), and the two-pedal setup adds $1,200 to the sedan's bottom line. Premium models add things like heated seats and mirrors, a sunroof, foglamps and a rear spoiler. The high-zoot Limited trim adds leather seating, a power driver's seat and automatic LED headlamps.

2015 Subaru WRX STIAnd then there's the STI, which, at $34,495, carries the same base price as the previous model. Like the standard WRX, the STI is a sedan-only affair, but boasts extensive chassis and powertrain upgrades (stay tuned for our full drive report next week). Under the hood is a turbocharged, 2.5-liter boxer-four, producing 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of twist, mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

In addition to the standard model, the STI will be offered in Launch Edition and Limited trims, costing $37,395 and $38,495, respectively. The Launch Edition (pictured right) will be limited to just 1,000 units over the first three months of production, offered exclusively in WR Blue with gold BBS alloy wheels and blue trim throughout the interior. All STI models feature Alcantara seating surfaces and standard LED exterior lighting, and the Limited trim adds leather, a power driver's seat, a moonroof and a premium Harmon/Kardon audio system. Navigation and higher-end audio are optional on other models.

Scroll down for the full pricing breakdown in Subaru's press blast, below.
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SUBARU ANNOUNCES PRICING ON ALL NEW 2015 WRX AND WRX STI SEDANS

- New platform offers stiffer, more agile chassis of Subaru performance icons
- Upgraded suspension tuning and new Active Torque Vectoring
- Roomier cabin with upgraded comfort and materials and wide array of user technologies
- Rear camera standard
- WRX STI holds base price of $34,495

Cherry Hill, N.J., Feb. 14, 2014-- Subaru of America, Inc. has announced pricing on the carmaker's performance icons, the 2015 WRX and WRX STI. Both vehicles arrive into dealerships this Spring exclusively as wide-body design sedans.

Starting at $26,295, the 2015 WRX delivers more performance value than ever before. Powered by a new 268-horsepower 2.0-liter direct injection turbo BOXER engine, the WRX debuts the models first six-speed manual transmission and a new, optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartonic; featuring two manual modes.

The 2015 Subaru WRX marks a major evolutionary step for the rally-bred performance car that has become a global automotive legend. For 2015, the WRX employs a new Active Torque Vectoring system, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system that allows for improved agility. The new and stiffer chassis, larger front brakes, performance-tuned suspension and a driver-focused interior remain integral to the WRX performance character. The new powertrain also yields higher fuel efficiency than the previous WRX (manual transmission model).

Subaru-developed direct-injection engine, 6-speed manual transmission, standard rear camera and larger brakes are standard on the 2015 WRX. A roomier interior, upgraded cabin comfort and materials and a wide array of new user technologies give the new WRX a more refined feel. A premium audio system with harman/kardon®amplifier and speakers is offered for the first time in a WRX.

The 2015 WRX is available in standard, Premium and Limited Trim lines. In all models, a new multi-information central display with 4.3-in. LCD screen provides a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear camera display, a boost gauge display, audio (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth® and climate control settings, and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.

Additional standard features for the WRX include automatic climate control and a new standard audio system featuring AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, single-disc in-dash CD player, 6 speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, iTunes® Tagging, USB port, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), and a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack.

The WRX Premium maintains previous model year pricing, $28,495 and steps up everyday comfort and convenience with the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), power tilt/slide glass moonroof, fog lights. A low-profile trunk spoiler augments the car's aero body package.

The top-of-line Limited builds on the Premium, bringing a new level of luxury to the WRX with leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat and Welcome Lighting. Exclusive to the WRX Limited, LED low-beam headlights provide a unique look and enhanced visibility. The high beams are multi-reflector halogen units, and the system includes automatic off/on. Pricing on Limited trim levels begins at $29,995.

The WRX Premium and Limited offer as options the Sport Lineartronic transmission and a Touch-screen Navigation System with 6.1-inch LCD screen, voice controls and harman/kardon premium audio featuring 440-watt amplifier and 9 speakers (with subwoofer.) With this option package, the WRX Limited also features Keyless Access.

2015 SUBARU WRX STI

The 2015 WRX STI maintains the previous model year pricing of $34,495. With an upgraded and roomier cabin, the new WRX STI has Alcantara seating surfaces accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching to set the tone for a driver-focused interior. An array of user technologies include, for the first time in a WRX STI, availability of a harman/kardon® premium audio system and rear camera display standard.

Available in Standard, Limited and Launch Edition trim lines and powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. The WRX STI provides a rally-bred drivetrain and all-wheel drive handling that is unique to this model. Handling is enhanced with a stiffer chassis, firmer springs and faster steering (13.0:1 ratio).

New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins an arsenal of the model's proven handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

The special hood, fenders, doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters convey the WRX STI identity. As on previous WRX STI models, a functional hood scoop supplies the intercooler with fresh air, and in the 2015 model it is set more deeply into the hood to provide better forward visibility.

Other new performance-oriented details include foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern and front fender vents that feature a mesh screen. A full aerodynamic body package includes the large trunk spoiler that has been a WRX STI signature feature. A rear diffuser, LED taillights and LED center high-mount stop lamp (CHMSL) leave a distinctive signature.

The WRX STI engine is teamed exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission, which includes a short-throw shifter in the Launch Edition model. In the 2015 WRX STI, the driver grips a new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel that integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth control. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel gets a new 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A new multi-information central display with 4.3-in. LCD screen provides a multitude of vehicle system functions, including a standard rear camera display, a boost gauge display, audio information (on non-navigation models), Bluetooth and climate control settings, and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.

Standard features for the 2015 WRX STI include dual-zone automatic climate control and the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer). The new standard audio system combines AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, a single-disc in-dash CD player, 6 speakers, MP3/WMA capability, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, iTunes® Tagging, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), USB port and a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack. Numerous compartments located in and around the center console hold phones, USB drives and MP3 players.

The WRX STI Limited model adds the luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat, the harman/kardon premium audio system and a power moonroof for $38,495.

STI LAUNCH EDITION

Subaru will produce 1,000 of the WRX STI Launch Edition models for 2015. Outfitted in traditional WR Blue Pearl and come equipped with gold-painted 18-inch BBS® alloy wheels, an iconic color combination long associated with Subaru competition cars.

Built on the standard and lightest WRX STI model, the STI Launch Edition is exclusively equipped with a special interior featuring blue highlights and gets a standard STI Short-Throw Shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission. The Keyless Access & Start system, offered as an option on WRX STI Premium and Limited models, is included as standard with the STI Launch Edition and priced at $37,395.

2015 SUBARU WRX and WRX STI SEDAN

Model/Trim – Transmission – MSRP – MSRP + destination and delivery

WRX – 6MT – $26,295 – $27,090
WRX Premium – 6MT – $28,495 – $29,290
WRX Premium – CVT – $29,695 – $30,490
WRX Limited – 6MT – $29,995 – $30,790
WRX Limited – CVT – $31,195 – $31,990
WRX STI – 6MT – $34,495 – $35,290
WRX STI Launch Edition – 6MT – $37,395 – $38,190
WRX STI Limited – 6MT – $38,495 – $39,290

2015 OPTION PACKAGES

- Navigation + Audio w/ Harman/Kardon® Amplifier and speakers – $2,000
- Navi System + Audio w/ Harman/Kardon® Amplifier and speakers + Keyless Access and Start – $2,500
- Navigation System +Keyless Access and Start – $1,500

Destination & Delivery is $795 and may vary in the following states: CT, HI, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI and VT. D&D is $945 for dealers in Alaska.


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      jtav2002
      • 10 Months Ago
      Never ceases to amaze me with all the 'but you could have bought a used Y vehicle instead of the new Z vehicle." you can make that argument for essentially any vehicle on the market.
      Patrick
      • 10 Months Ago
      The WRX is still some of the cheapest fun you can buy new. Does anyone know the average bill for tranny upkeep on these?
        bonehead
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Patrick
        not sure but i owned a 2002 WRX all the way to 115k miles and the clutch laster over 100k and the trans had no problems ever. The only expensive upkeep on the WRX is once you start needing to change the sparkplugs. They are so hard to get to that you have to take a lot of the engine bay apart. When doing this you are likely very high miles and all those things you have to disassemble and old and brittle. Its best to do with work with a ton of other preventative, like changing AC lines, fuel lines, hoses, belts, anything rubber that can be brittle. It will save you the pain of spending money hunting down fuel leaks and AC leaks. But up to 100k never had to worry about anything
          Patrick
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          Very interesting. Thanks for the notes.
          DyanRucar
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          Yes, because hunting down said fuel and A/C leaks under my hood has been a huge PITA. This man speaks the truth!
          bonehead
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          When the tune up is done they will either drop the engine to get access or loosen the motor mounts to twist it to get access. Flat 4 means there is no room without doing this. This means tons of disassembly. Had i known i would have done more work at the time. In my case and a friends, we both had fuel and AC system leaks within 1 month of the tunup (done by different shops too). And i also ended up with a cracked vacuum hose on the intake.
          Michael
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          Spark plugs aren't that bad. I've replaced mine on my 2002, and only had to remove battery and air intake. The key is having a swivel socket.
          bonehead
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          @micheal, yeah if i ever get another WRX i think i will be doing all the work myself. IIn Texas it is very hard to find mechanics who know how to work on Subarus. Im pretty sure i could do a better job myself by consulting the subaru forums and taking their advice. Good to hear you had no problem with yours.
          denniskfc
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          it's not that hard to do spark plugs, just need to have a tons of extensions with different lengths and it will make the spark plugs replacing much easier. also need to remove the washer fluid tank and maybe the airbox to have better access. owner of a '99 2.5RS and '04 FXT
        psurrena
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Patrick
        120k on an 05 Wagon. Still the original clutch, tranny is just fine. I just kept with the Subaru maintenance plan, used synthetic after 40 or 50k, and change the oil every 4 or 5k miles. Pretty bullet proof if you don't try to kill it.
      classasurface
      • 10 Months Ago
      Needs more LEVORG.
      godwhomismike
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm still getting the '14 Crosstrek Limited with Navigation and Sunroof. The WRX is tempting, but I think maybe it's time for something more economical and practical. I've been driving only turbocharged AWD vehicles for 10 years now, and they tend to be frustrating in traffic and following a line of slower traffic. I could live with 33 mpg highway, 8.7 inches ground clearance, and a peppy CVT model that doesn't always want to haul ass. I drove the Crosstrek with CVT earlier in the week, and was impressed with its peppiness merging out onto a highway, and got right up to speed. I drove some local roads, and up and down a few miles of highway at 55-60 mph with some large hills. It did fine, and I began to wonder what all the auto reviewers were lamenting about. The paddles with the CVT were very quick in response when using them to engine brake too.
        gazaer
        • 10 Months Ago
        @godwhomismike
        Crosstrek has it advantages. But for the price you can get a Forester or an Outback. More room, about the same MPGs. To me the Crosstrek is a dog right at the power points where you need it between 38mph to 50mph. Cruise it at 45mph and jump on it (even with the shift paddles), bowing on the inside of the windshield helps performance in this range. Just horrible. I have no complaints on the CVT or the handling. In fact, it was one of the best handling cars I have driven lately. The seats, no electric seat, and the seats are not as comfortable as the Outback or the Forester but what I found interesting was the Crosstrek hybrid. It felt more confident in the mid range power band. But not worth the extra cash for the minimal MPG gain. Subaru needs to put more HPs in the Crosstrek, more interior comforts and offer the electric seats. I will say this it is nice that the height of this vehicle is of perfect were you can slide right into it and out of it. But the reason I walked away it is simply under powered.
          Jasonn
          • 10 Months Ago
          @gazaer
          Hybrid crosstrek in 2016 model year (mid cycle refresh) will get 40 mpg highway! But its not that huge of an increase considering the mid cycle refresh for the impreza is going to get 40 mpg as well. Subaru is doing crazy things with their awd. Much more mpg than they used to be able to get. Most of them are comparable, if not better, than a lot of other fwd models.
        bookemd
        • 10 Months Ago
        @godwhomismike
        I have never heard 148 hp reffered to as peppy...lol. People that I know who have bought run of the mill subies, is that they are slow but good in the snow.
      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      I remember the negative comments when Subaru released the hatch only sti -- its sooo ugly, burn it with fire, no sedan... Now all the fanboys are crying bloody murder over not having a hatchback. Unbelievable.
        imag
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        You realize that there is more than one type of person out here on the internet, right? Some people like hatches. Some don't. It's a complicated concept to grasp, I know, but that's how it is.
      drew
      • 10 Months Ago
      That wing.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @drew
        [blocked]
      h-man
      • 10 Months Ago
      $8,200 for additional 37 horsepower and 32 pound-feet of torque? Those are Mercedes prices for marked-up power. No thanks, I'll take the WRX thank you.
        truewhiteboy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @h-man
        There's more to it and it includes more standard than the WRX as well, a similarly spec'd WRX is closer to $4,500 less, but it just shows how much they improved the WRX for this year. I'm guessing we'll see a better STI in another year or two
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 10 Months Ago
      35k for an ancient carry over engine!
      John
      • 10 Months Ago
      $34.5k is just to much for an STI when you can get a Mustang GT nicely equipped for less and throw a set of snow tires on it. (I drive a Mazdaspeed Miata year round and live in Ohio, it can be done.) The bang for the buck just doesn't seem that great on the EVO & STI anymore.
        gary
        • 10 Months Ago
        @John
        Yeah, you could probably squeak through the winter with snow tires on a Mustang, but it would still be a pretty miserable experience. With an STI on winter tires, however, you look forward to every snow day like a 7 year old looks forward to a trip to Disney World.
          Jason
          • 10 Months Ago
          @gary
          You said it, Gary. I have really good winter tires on my 07 STI and I love driving it in the snow. That's why I bought it and not a rwd sports car. I was willing to pay extra for the awd for the winter. If I lived where it didn't snow, then I would only have rwd.
        Baylok
        • 10 Months Ago
        @John
        It's all about confidence with a sprinkling of skill. AWD gives you that confidence. With RWD, even with snow tires and winter driving skills, it's a nervous ride especially in a high performance car.
          Nick B
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Baylok
          Ive driven both in lots of snow and while yes the AWD is clearly superior, if youre a decent driver there is nothing scary about driving a high powered RWD in the snow.
      EvilTollMan
      • 10 Months Ago
      Lots of haters out today. Honestly I think in pictures this WRX looks alot better and cleaner than the '14 model.
      Lucky Stars
      • 10 Months Ago
      Who is going to buy this. I mean if you are going to pay money for something sporty don't you want it to look sporty. Instead you have something that looks like an economy car. A mustang will be cheaper and better looking as well as almost any other sporty car, make the Gti look glamorous. Is their a worse looking car with sporty intentions then wrx or sti? I can't think of one. Massive Fail in my book
        hokkaido76
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Believe it or not, there are numerous people who strongly believe in the phrase "function over form".
        superchan7
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        The Impreza has always had the most depressing downmarket look, even within its economy car class. The STi is the definition of ricer--a craptastic body with a ridiculous kit and wing. It did have its appeal for a while. The last STi to really look sharp was around 1999, before they brought it to the US and tried to mainstream-ify it. The US did have the 2.5 RS, which was basically an STi Coupe without the power.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 10 Months Ago
      Unless it looks like the WRX Concept Car, nobody cares..... BD
        hokkaido76
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Yeah, you can stop talking as if you represent everyone now...........
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