2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited new car reviews

Before the new-for-2012 Impreza arrives, we got one last hurrah with the 2011 model. with the 2011 model.

Better than: 2010 WRX
But not as good as: WRX STI
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 94.91

We've already seen sneak peeks of the forthcoming 2012 Impreza, but our staff recently got to spend some more time with the 2011 model. This one has received some updates, too, including the same wide body previously enjoyed only by the Impreza WRX STI model. The 2011 WRX also received 17x8-inch wheels--that's an inch wider than before. Our test car had the GPS touchscreen navigation system plus satellite radio, a $2000 option.

This isn't the first time we've driven the 2011 WRX, though, and our original review can be found here.

Other staff views

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

You know, this one is kind of like an old friend. Yes, there's been some updates, but it's still that comfortable car--good seats, good power and that familiar shifter.

Then there's the debate between WRX and STI. Yes, yes, I know that the STI is faster, but for daily use, what's wrong with the regular WRX?

Of course, the big question is, what is Subaru about to unleash?

Tom Heath Tom Heath
UberDork

The line between the WRX and their STI halo car might be troublesome for Subaru's marketing department, but it's a blessing for the enthusiast. 265 horsepower makes a convincing argument for many of us to start with a base WRX, since it's bound for modification anyway. However, the confidence inspiring durability of the STI model's six-speed transmission has its own merits, along with another 40-odd horsepower to ice the cake.

Neither are a bad choice, but the prices have swollen over the years, and at this point the new WRX or STI shopper can legitimately compare it against performance sedans from around the world. Although the WRX is near the top of the heap in terms of outright performance, the decidedly cheap feeling interior panels would lose in comparison to just about anything else at this pricepoint.

Matt Smith Matt Smith
New Reader

I'll admit it: I'm a Mitsubishi fan boy. I drive a 3000GT VR4 and have always been a Mitsubishi loyalist. So, many of you might expect me to say how this Subaru just isn't as good as a Mitsubishi...blah, blah, blah...

You'd be wrong.

This car impressed me in nearly every way. If there's one thing that revs my engine it's an all wheel drive, turbocharged, Japanese vehicle. The car is, by my personal standards, gorgeous. I prefer the edgy, crisp look of the Subaru WXR more than nearly anything else on the market. If I had graduated from university 2 years ago, the Subaru WRX would be on my very short shopping list of new rides.

The ride was great, sporty, and tight: not too hard, not too soft. The power delivery was exceptional and the brakes were just as good. As far as the mechanical components are concerned, I can't highlight one flaw. However, the interior looks like it came from a Lego factory. ABS plastic was everywhere. Though, the interior did looked rugged, and I'm sure it would handle years of abuse easily.

I haven't driven the STI yet, but I can't imagine purchasing the WRX Limited model when more fun and excitement is only $5000 away.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

We've already seen sneak peeks of the forthcoming 2012 Impreza, but our staff recently got to spend some more time with the 2011 model. This one has received some updates, too, including the same wide body previously enjoyed only by the Impreza WRX STI model. The 2011 WRX also received 17x8-inch wheels--that's an inch wider than before. Our test car had the GPS touchscreen navigation system plus satellite radio, a $2000 option.

This isn't the first time we've driven the 2011 WRX, though, and our original review can be found here.

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