It looks like we’ll have to wait at least one more year for a new generation of the WRX as Subaru has confirmed that the current model will continue into the 2014 model year. The good news is that the car, plus its high-performance STI variant, still offer great value and plenty of bang for the buck.
The 2014 Subaru WRX is priced from $26,790, including $795 in destination, while the 2014 Subaru WRX STI will set you back at least $35,290, including the same $795 destination charge. For the WRX, pricing is the same regardless of bodystyle, but for the WRX STI the five-door body will set you back an additional $2,000. Both starting prices also represent an increase of $225 on 2013's pricing.
In the WRX, drive still comes from a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four engine, which is rated at 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual remains standard, along with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, of course. Other standard goodies include sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
Buyers of the WRX STI get a similar drivetrain but peak output is bumped up to 305 horsepower and a six-speed manual is fitted as standard. The WRX STI also benefits from Brembo brakes, the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) system and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system that allows you to play around with various vehicle settings.
There are also more standard offerings on the WRX STI. One of these is an All-Weather Package, which adds heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.