2018 Subaru WRX STI STI Type RA Review and Price

What a great car ! My first brand new car ever. I extensively considered the 2017 Chevrolet SS and a couple of 2013-2015 ZL1 Camaro’s. I test drove all cars extensively. The SS was awesome but felt too nice for me. I would have a hard time leaving one in the parking lot at my work for 28 days. The ZL1 Camaro was great but the limited visibility, storage, and seating didn’t do it for me. I selected the STI because it has AWD, it’s rugged, tough, has plenty of passenger/cargo space, and the handling is excellent. I pre-ordered it as soon as they became available to order in early 2017. As of Feb 2018 I have 8000 grin-filled miles on it. Installed kartboy shifter bushings and an IAG air/oil seperator. Fun daily driver.

There are no words to describe this car. If a unicorn mated with a lioness in the center of a supernova, the beautiful lovechild would not be this car, but it would definitely want to drive one.

1. Handling
2. HK audio system on limited trim is great
3. Mechanical feel to steering and shifting
4. Updated 2018 inside/outside styling looks better than 2015-2017 models in my opinion.
5. It’s not a hatch!
6. Steering responsive headlights are fantastic at night.

Things that slightly bug me but not a big deal so I wouldn’t call them cons:
1. I’m 5’9 at 150 lbs and the Recaro seats do not grip me as well as I would like. Bulkier friends of mine have remarked about how great they are. CG seatbelt lock fixed this issue.
2. a LOT of brake dust from the stock pads. Once you have a cleaning system down though it’s not so bad.
3. Fuel mileage is not impressive but who cares! I can baby it and get about 25-26 on the highway but usually it’s somewhere around 20-22 combined. Not bad. Like I always say, smiles per gallon beats miles per gallon any day.


EPA Classification  Compact Cars
MPG/MPGe  22 Highway / 16 City
Engine  Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 2.5L/150 cu in
Transmission  Manual w/OD
Drive Train  All Wheel Drive
Seating  5
Horsepower  310


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