Price: $37,645 ($39,415 as tested)
Engine: 2.5-liter DOHC Intercooled Turbo Flat Four
Transmission: Six-Speed Manual
Power: 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque
The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi is where the practicality of a daily driver meets with the power and handling of a track car. It comfortably fits four adults and has ample trunk space for picking up groceries, but the turbo, six-speed transmission, and all-wheel drive system allow the driver to have a little fun when running to the local market and back.
The main theme in the styling of the 2013 WRX STi is simplicity.
The exterior and interior of the car has a very simple design, which we enjoyed. The hood scoop, 18-inch BBS Alloy wheels, and rear wing give the STi a sporty look without being too flashy. Something that we found very subtle, yet brilliant, was the finish of the car. Our test car was finished in "satin white pearl", which gave the car a unique and sophisticated look.
Inside the car, drivers will find an attractive set of gauges with a center-mounted tachometer for easy reading of the RPMs. The rest of the interior is very functional, again with simplicity a main theme of the design. Racing-style bucket seats, trimmed with Alcantara, keep the driver and passenger firmly in their place, but the fixed headrests that project forward are a little uncomfortable. Even though the STi may look small from the outside, there is plenty of legroom and headroom in the back seats for those extra passengers. A downside to the interior, though, is that the rear seats do not fold completely flat.
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As soon as we pulled out of the office parking lot we noticed how easy shifting from gear to gear was thanks to the smooth clutch. While we obeyed all posted speed restrictions and traffic laws on the public roads, it was another story when we arrived at our closed course. Upon stepping on the throttle, all of the power was immediately sent to all four-wheels, which gave us a great start off the line. The handling was top notch, providing tight and smooth cornering thanks to the STi’s high performance sport-tuned suspension. Even with the stiffer sport suspension, the ride quality on the street is still great.
The flat-four engine and turbocharger allow the driver to make power without reaching very high RPMs, which is good when driving on the street. With that being said, the fuel economy is not the greatest for a 2.5-liter engine with four cylinders. It gets 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg, an unlikely spec for a turbocharged four-cylinder.
Overall, the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi is a good car that accomplishes exactly what it claims. It will perform well on the track during the weekend and will provide you with a fun and comfortable ride to wherever you are headed throughout the week. The timeless design, inside and out, is simple and functional.