The 2010 Subaru WRX
The base model 2010 Subaru WRX is now as formidable in the performance department as the upscale WRX STI of last season. The best part is that it is now almost $10,000 less in initial price than any STI model for ’10 and still offers great engines and body styles to choose from. The WRX has a very distinct look and has been heralded for almost a decade now as one of the best cars available for US consumers. The patented all wheel drive system Subaru has placed in these cars makes them ideal for practically any road condition.
Outside, Subaru has given the WRX another facelift making it as distinctive, if not more so than any previous model year. Out is the old sedan style with traditionally sloped rear trunk and body panels. Instead of an abrupt end to the cabin and start of the trunk, the 2010 Subaru WRX gently flows body panels between the two. It will have to be seen whether or not this is a step in the right direction. Most consumers do agree however that the interior is more than adequate and offers a lot of options for customization.
The WRX comes in a base model, and STI package which is designed for ultimate performance. There is a substantial difference in price between the two, and the base model has been upgraded significantly since the previous model year. Base models are equipped with a 2.5 liter engine capable of 165 horsepower. They are offered with a five speed manual transmission or a four speed. STI models have a tweaked engine that is capable of even more horsepower and very pleasant performance.
Base WRX models come with practically every optional accessory imaginable. Of course, buyers can get a basic car that only comes with a few power accessories and limited amenities. Those looking to get the most out of their WRX are probably going to opt for quite a few interior additions that will more than likely see the price rise as well. Stereo systems, plush seats, friendly accessory panels, easy access to shift knobs and instrument clusters make these vehicles well loved by their owners. STI models come with slightly different body styles and interior accents. Again most of these can be customized in a wide variety of ways. On the outside a STI has body sills that may or may not add to performance.
As far as safety is concerned the all wheel drive system in these cars make them ideal for poor weather conditions. Though owners probably wouldn’t want to do too much off road driving with these vehicles, they are more than capable in situations where high clearance isn’t necessary. In crash test ratings these vehicles fair very well. Most tests have them receiving perfect scores in both front and side impact crash tests. Another bonus is the fact that these vehicles come with standard features like stability control, anti-lock brakes, front airbags, side airbags, full curtain airbags, head restraints, and a few other safety features. Drivers can be rather confident that they are in one of the safest vehicles in the class.
Consumers who are looking for a little extra performance out of a sedan may just find the WRX a true delight. The distinctive styling may be what keeps the 2010 Subaru WRX from becoming a mainstream vehicle however. The interior is one of the most well refined available and be customized in literally hundreds if not thousands of different ways. Under the hood, both the base WRX and STI models offer enough power to compete with the likes of a pony car.