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Performance-tuned WRX versions of Subaru’s Impreza compact are among 10 vehicles named as 2015 All Stars by Automobile Magazine. The enthusiast publication cited the cars’ balance of all-wheel-drive turbocharged performance and fuel economy. The WRX starts at $27,009 (including shipping), has 268 horsepower, and rates 24 mpg city-highway combined with manual transmission and 21 mpg with automatic. The WRX STI has a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and 305 horsepower. Available only with manual transmission, it’s priced from $35,290 and rates 19 mpg combined.
As one of the most prestigious automotive publications, Automobile carries considerable sway among automobile experts and consumers in search of high performance vehicles. When it names a vehicle to its exclusive All-Star list, both automotive experts and consumer take notice. The magazine recently named the 2015 Subaru WTRX and WRX STI to its 2015 All-Star list, making the Subaru models only two of 10 vehicles to make the list. Automobile Magazine performs exhaustive research into every 2015 vehicle model for sale, before the publication selects the models worthy of All-Star status.
Why the 2015 WRX and WRX STI Made the All-Star List
Subaru is no stranger to Automobile Magazine recognition. The automaker earned the 2013 All-Star award for the 2014 Subaru BRZ and the designation made Subaru stand out among Automobile automotive experts. “Subaru has continued to build positively on what has become an iconic lineup for the brand,” said AUTOMOBILE Editor-in-Chief Mike Floyd. “Whipping the WRX STI around the track was one of the great pleasures of All-Star week, with its magnificent six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive allowing for effortless drifts into GingerMan Raceway’s sweepers. The WRX also just keeps getting better while maintaining its essential all-wheel DNA and remains one of the best performance-car bargains in the world. It’s a lineup most worthy of 2015 All-Star status.”
What Makes the WRX and WRX STI Special?
The 2015 Subaru WRX includes the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 268 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Subaru balances powerful performance with strong fuel economy, with the WRX achieving 21 miles per gallon on city roads and 28 miles per gallon over open highways. The six-speed manual transmission provides WRX owners with more shifting options over rugged terrain. Subaru offers the higher class WRX STI for drivers who want more power and smoother handling. The WRX STI features an incredibly powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 305 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque.
The Clout of Automobile Magazine
As part of the influential Enthusiast Network, Automobile Magazine has a monthly print circulation that approaches five million subscribers. Counting digital subscribers, the magazine reaches over six million readers. However, numbers do not tell the entire story of the impact Automobile has on the automotive industry. The magazine has created one of the most prestigious automotive resources that attract knowledgeable readers. Subscribers typically take action after reading a publication that has set the standard for automotive journalism excellence.