Subaru WRX Trim Levels Comparison



If you're deciding between the Subaru WRX trim levels, check out our review and comparison of the 2021 Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI. Both of these four-door AWD sedans offer plenty of performance and thrills. So, which WRX STI trim levels are right for you?

We've put together the following Subaru WRX trim comparison to help you compare estimated MPG ratings as well as the engines and transmissions on the new Subaru WRX.

We all know the legendary status of the Subaru name in rally racing. Today, we see the performance innovations that led to those countless wins in the DNA of the new 2021 Subaru WRX STI trim levels and WRX trim levels.

2021 Subaru WRX & STI Trim Levels

Let's begin with the WRX trim levels. The 2021 Subaru WRX comes in three trim levels: Basic, Premium, and Limited. All three models feature four doors, AWD performance, and five seats. Under the hood is a 2.0L H-4 that produces 268 horsepower and pairs with a six-speed manual transmission with OverDrive. Drivers can expect an EPA-estimated 23 MPG1 combined.

The WRX STI trims are the WRX STI Base, WRX STI Limited with Lip Spoiler, and WRX STI Limited with Wing Spoiler. All three versions of this four-door AWD sedan are motivated by a 2.5L H-4 engine that increases the performance output to 310 horsepower. Drivers of the WRX STI models can still row through the gears with a six-speed manual transmission with OD. Along with choosing the trim level that complements your lifestyle best, drivers can also choose to buy or lease at our dealership.


Subaru WRX Trim Levels Comparison

Trim StyleMPGEngineTransmissionDriveSeats

2021 Subaru WRX
Basic 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedanCombined est. MPG 23268-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5
Premium 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedan Combined est. MPG 23268-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5
Limited 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedan Combined est. MPG 23268-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5

2021 Subaru WRX STI
Base 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedanComing soon310-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5
Limited w/Lip 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedan Coming soon310-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5
Limited w/Wing 4 dr All-Wheel Drive sedan Coming soon310-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)6-speed manual w/ODAll-Wheel Drive5

Subaru STI Trim Levels: Key Features

If you know you want the Subaru WRX with 310 horsepower, you know you want either the WRX STI or the WRX STI Limited. We've already highlighted the turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine. So, to help you narrow it down a little further, let's look at some of the notable features on each model.

Beginning with the 2021 WRX STI, drivers can expect a symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system with a driver-controlled center differential and track-tuned suspension. When it's time to pull on the reins, you'll have a six-piston/two-piston Brembo® high-performance braking system. Interior amenities include Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and the feel of available Recaro® performance front seats.

The WRX STI Limited includes the same features as the WRX STI and adds several notable performance cues and cabin comforts. Starting with the exterior, the Subaru WRX STI boasts an optional lip or wing rear spoiler and a power-tilt/sliding moonroof. Inside, we find leather-trimmed upholstery and Recaro® performance front seats. When it comes to your technological needs, you'll have the SUBARU STARLINK® 7-inch Multimedia Navigation system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. The STI Limited also adds to the safety with Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. You can check out how these features compare to our selection of the used Subaru WRX for a more comprehensive overview.

Subaru WRX Performance

While we've mentioned the turbocharged engine that helps the Subaru WRX outperform other vehicles in its class, the performance features on this AWD sedan don't stop there. The Subaru WRX is designed for chewing up corner apexes and spitting them back out. If you like to carve up the canyon or assert your dominance around the circuit, you'll love the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for enhanced traction and cornering.

The WRX is track-ready with its track-tuned suspension and responsive quick-ratio steering from the aluminum front lower control arms. Fast lap times aren't just from how fast you can go in a straight line. They're from how much speed you can take into corners and bring with you on the way out. The All-Wheel-Drive Subaru WRX and WRX STI models are engineered with uniform stability and optimal power-to-weight ratio in mind to help you straighten out the corners.

Explore 2021 Subaru WRX STI Trim Levels at Patriot Subaru

When you're ready to stop reading and start driving, cruise by our dealership for a tour and test drive of popular 2021 WRX models like the WRX Premium and WRX Limited, or slip into the driver's seat of the WRX STI trims to see what the 310-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine can do. And you can achieve all of this for less, by using one of our Subaru specials.

1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle's condition.

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