It seems like an increase in price has become a trend for automotive companies lately. Genesis isn’t alone when it comes to this. Subaru had just announced that the 2018 WRX will have a price tag of $27,855, while the WRX STI will be at $36,955, inclusive of the destination free. And if you compare these prices to the 2017 models sold last year, you will see a slight difference across all trims.
For the Subaru WRX, there is a $340 increase from the 2017 models of the standard, premium, and premium CVT trims, while a more noticeable increase of $640 for the limited and limited CVT trims. The 2018 Subaru WRX STI, on the other hand, goes up further with a $940 increase compared to the 2017 model. The 2018 standard trim now costs $36,955 (from $36,015), and the two limited trims now have a price tag of $41,755 (from $40,815). Now if you’re reading this, you might regret not having purchased a 2017 model. Take note that there is a destination fee of $860 on top of the base price, which also increased by $40 compared to last year.
Physically, the 2018 WRX models have a more distinct look thanks to its more angular fascia. The limited trim, and all STI models have steering-responsive LED headlights as well.
To make the WRX a more efficient everyday vehicle, Subaru applied a set of thicker door glass, and the new windshield header should reduce interior noise. In the cabin is a multifunctional display measuring at 5.9-inches, which grew from the previous model that only carried a 4.3-inch display. The premium trim is getting a 7-inch infotainment system, instead of the current 6.2-inch.
If Premium trim buyers opt for an upgrade, they can obtain the Performance Package (for $2,050) that includes an eight-way power driver seat, red brake calipers, and a lighter weight as the moonroof is taken out. This option is only available with the six-speed manual.
The STI now responds faster to the driver with the Driver Controlled Center Differential that purely uses electronics to manage the system Unlike before when it was a mix of mechanical and electronic tweaks. Apart from this, upgraded pads and a six-piston, monoblock front calipers from Brembo gives the STI better brakes.
The WRX retains its engine from the older model: a 268 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with options of a six-speed manual or CVT. While the STI comes with a 305 horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed gearbox as the only available option.