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It's fair to see we're rather fond of the new Subaru WRX. That's not to say we don't have a number of issues with the budget sports sedan, though. Foremost among those complaints is that it's short exactly one door.

Yes, the sedan-only WRX is just fine, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't missing the long-roofed, five-door model of years past. More pressing than our sentimentality, though, is the business case for a WRX wagon - half of the 2013 WRX and STI models sold had five doors. As a general rule, ignoring half of your former customers isn't the best strategy for long-term success.

There was some hope, as recently as a few weeks ago, though, that Subaru would right this wrong and offer a real, five-door WRX. An Australian reporter managed to corner project manager Masuo Takatsu, who said strong interest from the US meant that the Subaru mothership was considering a WRX with a hatch rather than a trunk.

Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case, as Subaru USA is dashing any and all hope of a second body style. According to Motor Trend, the company's US arm reached out to Japan and, despite the statements made by Takatsu, confirmed that there were no plans for a WRX wagon. Sigh...


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      ravenosa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bummer. I'm not much of an SUV/CUV guy, but I'd even consider a Crosstrek if they'd put a manual and WRX engine in the thing.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well on their way to becoming a "sales-numbers-oriented, dishwasher', cars-for-the masses", auto maker. We need more of those. /Sarcasm
      RobG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical. And I'm back to not wanting one.
      antacid
      • 1 Year Ago
      wagon buyers are also far more picky, a lot of those customers needed a wagon, nobody needed the sedan. Its safe to say far more customers would have bought the wagon version if it was the only option
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru is guilty of thinking that WRX hatchback buyers are Subaru enthusiasts first and hatch lovers second. In my experience, loyalty to the hatchback body style runs deeper than loyalty to a particular manufacturer.
      jamsbong
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sigh... When other companies have no problem coming out with a hatch, sedan and even a compact SUV from the same platform. All you hear with Subaru is excuses.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet plans are in the works for a very slow selling Tribeca replacement.
      pynch0n
      • 1 Year Ago
      that statement is just a move on subaru's part not to eat away at sales of the current sedan by all of the people who would wait for a hatch. i think it's safe to say that they will offer a hatch within three years.
        fordskydog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pynch0n
        Why the f-ing around then? Why didn't they come to market with the 5-door right off the bat?
        don.bishop4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pynch0n
        Well, if thats Subaru's logic its not going to work. People will say screw the WRX sedan and buy one of the many hot hatches out there, i.e. GTI MK7, Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3, etc etc
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lies, it is coming!
        pH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        Exactly, why slow down sales on the sedan? Just a ploy to get folks on the fence who are waiting for the hatch to hit the showroom now.
          rexey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pH
          Agreed. But is there some reason they have to piss us off instead of just saying no comment when asked about the wagon?
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      The WRX doesn't exactly have real, direct competition in the USA at this point. No point with the extra effort. Blame Mitsubishi!
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, ****. Guess my next car will be a VW.
      Kyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      If VW bring that 400hp golf to the US then nobody will care that there is no wrx hatch
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