2015 Subaru WRX – Living with it

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX

With little more than two weeks under our belts, what have we learned about our new 205 Subaru WRX with its optional top level Tech-package and CVT automatic transmission?

Our new 2015 Subaru WRX makes me smile every single time I get behind the wheel!  This is one supremely competent sport sedan!  Its suspension is definitely tuned with handling a top priority.  The ride is quite hard and feels choppier than I’d like, but blast it through a fast turn and there’s virtually no body roll.  The WRX plants itself and arcs through the turn effortlessly.


I’ve started playing with the navigation system and as my Subaru salesperson said, it’s very intuitive.  He didn’t lie.  After a few minutes sitting in the driveway, I’ve quickly learned how to enter a new destination and set “Home” on the “Favourites” list.  It was easy, and I’m no techie.

Harman Kardon audio

I was looking forward to the 440-watt 9-speaker ‘premium’ Harman Kardon audio system.  Ironically, my home high fidelity gear is a Harman Kardon integrated amplifier and separate tuner, audiophile relics from the 1980s.  I’m still playing with the car audio’s equalizer and find the OEM system OK, but not outstanding.  The stereophonic left-right channel separation isn’t outstanding, and the subwoofer is ‘boomy’ even when set to ‘flat’, so I’ve set it to “-2” and that’s made it better.  I’ll continue playing with the settings and fine-tuning how it sounds.

The three month free trial for the SiriusXM satellite radio is fun.  I get to listen to ’40s, ’50s, ’60s pop music, blues and jazz with no commercials.  Nice.


It’s early days still, but these are some of the things I really like so far:

  • CVT automatic transmission.
  • Fuel economy.  In “I” (“Intelligent” mode), the optimistic onboard computer says I’m averaging a very good 8.4 L/100 km in city driving
  • Power.  268 horsepower is fun!
  • Proximity key with pushbutton start.  Brilliant!  I’ve got the car set to unlock all four doors by touching the doorhandle.  No more fumbling with keys/fobs.
  • Headlight delay.  The headlights remain on for 30 seconds at night after locking the doors, then turn off.  Helps you see your way to the door.


These are ‘nitpicky’ complaints:

  • Onboard computer fuel economy readout is inaccurate, reading about 0.4 L/100 km ‘better’ than the calculated fuel usage
  • Ambient temperature readout is inaccurate reading 4 degrees Celsius too high
  • Interior lacks a convenient coin tray with a cover (like our 1992 Legacy Turbo had)
  • Passenger side and rear door windows lack express up-down
  • Electric trunk release is OK, but a power trunk opener would be better
  • Floor-mounted gas filler lid release is old school

Overall, the 2015 Subaru WRX, even with the CVT automatic transmission, is as pure a ‘driver’s car’ you can buy for the price.  When winter arrives, it’ll be unstoppable.

More to come.


  1. Dave Graham says:

    I’d like your comments after you take the Mazda thru the road to Enterprise and back. The St Joe River road would be good as well.

  2. Dave Graham says:

    Subaru. My mistake

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