After the 2022 restyling, the Subaru WRX enters the 2023 model year with few changes, although there is a noticeable price increase.
Coming to dealerships in the spring, the 2023 WRX will start at $31,625, including a $1,020 destination fee. That’s an increase from $30,100 for the 2022 model.
Despite the increase, the car still offers plenty of value given the performance on offer. The compact performance sedan is powered solely by a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine that delivers peak power of 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Drive is standard to all four wheels, and buyers can choose from a standard 6-speed manual or an available CVT. Going with the CVT takes the starting price further up to $33,475, including Target, although additional features like electronic driver assistance features and a drive mode selector are included.
Standard equipment for the 2023 WRX includes LED headlights, 17-inch wheels and dual 7.0-inch screens for the infotainment system. The top screen controls connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and is also the display for the rear camera and audio, while the bottom screen serves as controls for the climate and other vehicle settings.
Buyers waiting for a hardcore STI version of the latest WRX will be disappointed. Subaru said in March there were no plans for another WRX STI, at least for this generation.