What is it? Subaru just can't stop tinkering with the WRX. This is already the second freshening in two years. The WRX is adopting a new wide-body look similar to the STI, achieved mostly by dramatic fenders and an increase of 1.5 inches in the front and rear track and wider 17-inch wheels. Completing the new aggressive look is a new grill and spoiler with three-dimensional detailing.
The WRX four- and five-door models will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine producing 265-hp and matched with a five-speed manual transmission. Body changes only add 33 pounds, so performance should stay the same. Both vehicles have a 60/40 split rear seat for extra cargo versatility.
Inside, the WRX features carbon black checkered upholstery with red accent stitching. A new audio system with radio and single-disc CD player features Bluetooth, iPod control capability, a USB port, auxiliary input jack, and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio capability.
What's new or notable? To fill out the wider fender flares, the WRX has a 1.5-inch wider track, front and rear, and 1-inch wider tires all around.
CR's take: While the WRX's younger target buyers could gravitate toward the showy new bodywork, we miss the more subtle, but great handling 2009 model.
When will it be available? Summer 2010.