The 2017 Subaru WRX in Covington, LA: Style and Performance in One Package

The 2017 Subaru WRX in Covington LA is more than a tuned economy car. The WRX is an offshoot of the Impreza and has a turbocharged engine and AWD to get the power to the road. They're a great choice for those looking for a mix of practicality and performance while also wanting all-weather driving capabilities that aren't found in muscle cars.


The WRX's styling is big and boxy at the front end. Along with a unique grille and a deepened air dam, the 2017 Subaru WRX has its own bodywork and lighting to set it apart from the Impreza. Important details include a functional hood scoop, low-beam LED headlights on some models, and 17" or 18" wheels.

What's Inside

The inside of a Subaru WRX near Covington is relatively roomy, and it is well finished for the price. The WRK comes with sport seats that are covered in very grippy material, but leather seating is an option on higher-line editions, as is a power adjustable driver's seat. The rear passenger area can comfortably seat two adults, and the trunk cargo area is of average size for the class. With a step up to the STI edition, the buyer gets slightly fancier trim and a lighted shift knob.

Under the Hood

The 2017 Subaru WRX near Covington LA uses a potent turbocharged 2.0L, flat four-cylinder engine that has an intercooler and direct injection. This engine puts out 268hp, with 258 lb. ft of torque at 2000-5200 rpm. The powerplant is mated to either a CVT or a manual transmission, and the driver's transmission choice will get them a different AWD version. With the six-speed manual transmission, the all-wheel drive system divides power evenly between the front and the rear, and it can shift torque from one side to the other as traction requirements dictate.

New Thinking and Better Results

With the CVT in the 2017 WRX, Subaru is using all of its latest philosophies in economy and performance. The CVT has eight preset gearbox ratios that provide the feel of a manual transmission in the Sport Sharp mode, or the usual response when the system is set to Intelligent mode. An intermediate mode offers the driver six steps that resemble gears. This WRX has an AWD system with a bias of 45/55 to the rear, and it can change torque distribution from one side to the other, rerouting it based on driver input and cornering force. The 2017 WRX also has electric-assisted power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. The end result: a car that quickly adapts to fuel-saving features, but can still heat up the road with balanced handling and responsive steering.


The STI feels more vivid and much sharper but is not much quicker. It has the same 2.5L, four-cylinder engine as last year's model, which puts out 305hp and 290 lb. ft. of torque. The engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, and power is put to the wheels via a unique, driver-controlled center differential. With the helical limited slip differential in the front and a limited slip differential in the rear, drivers get upgraded Brembo brakes, a stiffer suspension with improved frontal geometry, and a quicker ratio for the hydraulic boost steering.

Features and Safety for the Subaru WRX

The well-known Subaru EyeSight camera safety system can be had on the WRX, but not on the STI. The system includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, emergency braking, and lane keep assistance. Drivers also get reverse auto braking on the WRX Limited when it is ordered with the EyeSight system. The WRX has great safety ratings from IIHS, and it has earned a Top Safety Pick award, but the car has not undergone NHTSA testing as of the time of this review.


The 2017 WRX from Subaru Dealers in Covington LA is a great performance value and It can be driven year-round, unlike some other performance-focused cars. The WRX can be had in base, Premium, and Limited trim lines, and the STI is available in base and Limited trim.   When compared to the WRX, the STI is available with faux suede upholstery, dual climate controls, an upgraded center console, turn signal mirrors, and LED headlights.

Performance and Efficiency

The Subaru WRX is relatively fuel-efficient for a performance-oriented vehicle. Fuel economy for the 2017 model is as high as 20/27/23 (city/highway/combined), and the STI edition is rated slightly lower at 17/23/19 miles per gallon. The STI provides a bit of extra oomph for those who like to get where they're going a little bit faster.

The WRX and STI are fine choices for drivers who want to strike a balance between performance and usability.  To schedule a test drive or to learn more about the 2017 WRX, visit Subaru Dealerships in Covington LA or call us at (888) 486-3576.  

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