he Subaru WRX STI is no stranger to Motorsports or the enthusiast scene. When you mix in all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine, you’re bound to have a good time. From the Time Attack road courses to your local shopping mart’s parking lot, the STI is a force to be reckoned with. We will be taking a look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI, focusing on what makes it one of the best additions to the lineup. Rather than focus on the spec’s of the car, I’m going to focus on what I do and don’t like about the 2019 Subaru STI.
Like all other STI’s the 2019 model is equipped with a 2.5L DOHC BOXER engine. Given the displacement and the tune, this 4 cylinder does not fall in line with other newer turbocharged engines (fuel economy sucks). After about 7,900 miles I averaged about 16 miles to the gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the freeway(in Intelligence mode). If you take and compare that to the amount of fun I had building boost, the fuel economy doesn’t bother me. The 2.5L turbocharged engine leaves the factory with 310HP and 290ftlbs of torque. This isn’t a huge jump from the previous generation but gives you enough power to get yourself in trouble.
The suspension is stiff, as it should be. You will notice every imperfection in the road, but that’s fine. You won't mind any of those things when you’re treating every freeway on-ramp like your exiting pit road (just kidding, follow all traffic laws). The wind noise inside the cabin is noticeable but you get used to it. These small little nuances may annoy you if you’re used to driving luxury vehicles that were built for comfort. If you care more for performance than any small negative feature I have found is outweighed by the fun I have driving this car.
The turbo lag from this 2.5L turbocharged boxer is noticeable. With very little power down low you instantly feel the boost kick in during the higher RPMs. To maintain that aggressive pull and power delivery you need to run the engine high and aggressively shift gears to keep the turbo spooling within the power band. I will say, power delivery is not as smooth as many of the STI’s competitors but once it gets going it's hard to beat. I haven't adjusted the center differential at all, the auto mode seems to work great for what I’m doing.
If you ask me the 2019 Subaru WRX STI is a great buy for your average enthusiast looking to step into the world of AWD and turbocharged fun. It does come with a hefty price tag but I 100% have no regrets and enjoy driving it daily. I have put about 7,900 miles on it over just a few months since buying it.
*I’m not a professional driver or car reviewer and I was not paid to write this (Subaru hit me up). This is just my opinion, if the car sucked, I would let you know. Happy Driving.