2018 Subaru WRX STI near Detroit MI

Overview

Since Subaru introduced its Impreza compact car in 1992, it has also offered a high-performance variant, which stands out with its stiffened suspension, rally-inspired driving dynamics, and increased engine output. This variant is named WRX, which stands for "World Rally eXpermiental" or "World Rally Cross." Eventually, the WRX was spun off as a standalone vehicle, with the STI as one of the upper-level trims. The STI's 2018 model year is part of the Impreza/WRX's fifth generation of production, with little to no change from the previous year.

Interior

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI seats up to five people, with its two rows of seats and 96.6 cubic feet of passenger volume. The trunk yields 12 cubic feet of cargo space, although the 60/40 split-folding rear seatback can expand it into the cabin. At the front, the seats have heating capability and 6-way manual adjustability, as well as red stitching and height- and tilt-adjustable head restraints in a nod to the WRX's rally-inspired heritage. Leather-and-fabric upholstery adorn the seats, shifter handle, and steering wheel, and the pedals sport aluminum-alloy covers. Other standard interior features include electronic cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls, dual USB ports, STI sport-design electroluminescent gauges, a color multi-function display, and STARLINK infotainment integration technology. Entertainment is provided by a six-speaker stereo system that includes AM/FM radio, a single-disc CD player, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, voice command capability, a complimentary four-month SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, and a 7-inch color LCD touchscreen. Options on the WRX STI include push-button engine start, 8-way power adjustability on the driver's seat, and Recaro performance-design front seats.

Exterior

Riding on large 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and summer-performance tires, the new Subaru WRX STI deftly incorporates hatchback design cues, even though it is a four-door sedan. The LED headlights shine brightly, can automatically turn on and off depending on the amount of outdoor light, and provide more effective illumination by turning to steering direction. At the sides are a pair of power heated mirrors with turn-signal indicators. A trunk spoiler and a pair of underspoilers not only add to the racing-style look of the vehicle, but also boost its aerodynamic performance. And an exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets provides optimal flow from the engine.

Mechanical

Subaru vehicles automatically come with an all-wheel drivetrain, and the new Subaru WRX STI is no exception. However, this trim stands out with its accompanying driver-controlled center differential feature. This means that the drivetrain uses an electronically-managed limited-slip differential with a planetary-gear-type center differential to control power torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. The four-wheel independent suspension is tuned stiff for a firm, sports-like drive; power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering provides sharp and precise turning ability; and huge Brembo ventilated disc brakes on all wheels provide short stopping distances.

Powertrain

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed-four (H4) turbocharged engine that generates 305 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 290 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. The H4 is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission for ultimate control of gear shifting. And the transmission comes with Subaru Intelligent Drive, or SI-DRIVE: a drive mode select system that comprises three distinctively different modes of vehicle performance.

Safety

For protection in the event of an auto collision, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI comes with a pair of front impact airbags, which face the driver and front passenger; a pair of front seat-mounted side impact airbags; a driver's knee airbag; and a pair of roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Also standard on the new Subaru WRX STI are vehicle dynamic control (VDC) for detecting and reducing the loss of traction, traction control to maximize tire grip on the road, electronic brake-force distribution for proper allocation of stopping power, anti-lock braking technology for preventing wheel lockup during sudden stops, incline start assist for preventing rollback when driving from a parked position on a hill, and active torque vectoring for working with VDC to help sharping turning ability. Plus, the STI uses a ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure for optimizing sturdiness and stability. There's the STARLINK Safety and Security system for providing services such as automatic collision notification, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, and SOS emergency assistance. And a keyless entry system is combined with an answer-back electronic chirp and engine immobilization to form an anti-theft mechanism.

Ready to check out the 2018 Subaru WRX STI near Detroit MI? Contact Glassman Subaru today. Located in Southfield, Michigan, we have been serving Southfield Troy Ferndale Detroit Michigan for years, and we are the recipient of the 2017 Subaru Stellar Care Award for exceptional customer service. For more information on this 2018 WRX STI review, check out the official Subaru website; and for a 2018 WRX STI review by one of our customers, check out Google and Edmunds.com. Call Contact Glassman Subaru today to set up an appointment with one of our WRX specialists.

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