2019 Subaru WRX and STI pricing, new features and power bump announced

Subaru WRX and STI were refreshed for 2018 with updated styling and some new options. America also got the limited-edition
WRX STI Type RA, a tribute to the car that made a Nürburgring lap record attempt. Not much has changed for 2019, though we get a new special edition and a new and much needed infotainment system. Also, the STI finally gets a boost in power! The tried and true EJ now cranks out 310 horses. Rejoice?

Pricing has gone up a bit for 2019, though it’s still competitive with the rest of the segment. A base manual-equipped
WRX now starts at $28,080, up $225 over
the 2018 model. For comparison, a new 2018
Volkswagen GTI starts at $27,265. Stepping up to a WRX Premium will set you back $30,380 or $32,280 if you want a WRX with a CVT. A WRX Limited starts at $32,680 or $34,580 with the CVT. Premium and Limited models with the CVT get standard
Subaru EyeSight, though that doesn’t actually include a whole lot. The only features are auto vehicle hold, an electronic parking
brake and an EyeSight status indicator.

There is a new WRX Premium Series.Gray model. The special edition is limited to just 750 units and starts at $32,585. It comes standard with the Performance Package, Ultrasuede-trimmed Recaro seats, a power driver’s seat, Jurid front
brake pads, a moonroof delete, LED headlights, LED fog lights and keyless entry with push-button start.

The updated
WRX STI starts at $37,480 and is only available with a manual transmission. Updates include a retuned
ECU, stronger pistons and a shorter third gear ratio, helping improve acceleration. Torque vectoring and a controllable center differential are still standard. The WRX STI Limited will run you $42,280 and offers a low-profile spoiler option for those that don’t want the iconic rear wing. There’s also a WRX STI Series.Gray model. For $39,965, you get a base STI with Recaro seats, a power driver’s seat and keyless entry with push-button start.

Individual options include the $2,050 Performance Package (red Brembo calipers, Recaro seats and a moonroof delete) and the $2,100 navigation system with blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.

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