2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Review

Having a car with a rich heritage and a rally pedigree is always exciting, and with the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, you get that, as well as a competent, fun to drive and reliable sedan which can handle the rough bits as well as the corners.

Exterior Styling

The 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is an evolutionary design which brings sharp styling cues and signature elements together with traditional Subaru lines. From the narrow shapely grille and headlamps and the noticeable scoop on the hood, the almost sloping roof leads to a rear end which is highlighted by the wing. The rear wing also points to its dynamic performance and may or may not be a factor in every day driving, but it is present nonetheless, providing downforce and keeping the car planted through the bends and on the open highway.

Interior Styling

The inside of the 2014 Subaru WRX STI is designed to showoff its sporty intentions. The sport seats are extremely supportive and are wrapped in leather and alcantara. The steering wheel and gear shift knob are wrapped in leather too. The cabin gets air filtration and climate control while a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity let you listen to your tunes when you’re not busy listening to that Subaru Boxer engine doing its thing. You can also opt for a built-in satellite navigation system. The space is ample up front for both driver and passenger. In the rear there is no shortage of space, and the split-folding rear seats allow for an expanded cargo area when you need to pack up and head out of town.

Safety Features

A performance car like the 2014 Subaru WRX STI has a number of active safety and stability features which will keep a watchful eye on you. The traction and stability control are assisted by 4-wheel ABS with EBD and the performance tires enhance grip levels and reduce braking distances. Front and side airbags are standard up front with head airbags are offered all the way around.

Powertrain, Drivetrain & Performance

Under the hood and that massive front scoop lies the 2.5L turbocharged Boxer four engine making 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. The output is directed to all four wheels via a slick-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox, giving you complete control over the healthy power and torque characteristics. Opt for the performance exhaust system and the soundtrack is further sweetened. Four-wheel drive and independent suspension enable the WRX STI to enjoy dynamic driving as much as you do. Handling is excellent and the braking and grip levels inspire confidence in all weather conditions.

Warranty

A 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty and the 5 year/60,000 mile drivetrain warranty are standard. Roadside assistance is available as an option.

If World Rally heritage is high on your checklist, the 2014 Subaru WRX STI is hard to ignore. It brings a combination of handling, comfort, everyday usability and reliability with a hardcore sporty outlook complete with a massive front scoop and rear wing. Not too many cars offer so much in this price range. It definitely checks-off many of the right boxes no matter how you look at it.

2014 Subaru WRX STI
Specific Make/Model & Trim Package: 2014 Subaru WRX STI
Base Price for this model: $34,495
Body style: 4-door, sedan
Engine & Torque: 2.5L, four-cylinder, turbocharged, gasoline, 305 hp at 6,000 rpm, 290 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed, manual, all wheel drive
Curb weight: 3,384 lbs.
Wheels & Tires sizes/specs: 18-inch, 245/40 R18, performance tires
Warranty: /td> 3 year/36,000 mile new car limited warranty and roadside assistance, 5 year/60,000 mile drivetrain warranty
Towing Capacity: N/A
Fuel economy EPA: 17 City / 23 Hwy MPG
0-60 MPH, Quarter Mile: 4.7 seconds, 13.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155 MPH

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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