7/8/2015 Summer 2015 About the Author Neil M. Szigethy is a veteran automotive journalist with a background in engineering, education, sales training, and marketing. He has been writing about all things automotive for more than 30 years. (carknack.net) 2016 WRX: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too by Neil M. Szigethy 7/8/2015 Summer 2015 Especially when equipped with the optional Sport Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology1, the 2016 Subaru WRX offers the best of both performance and safety in everyday driving as well as more spirited runs. Frankly speaking, the Subaru WRX has always had a reputation as a bit of a bad boy. Since its 2002 introduction in the U.S., the WRX has been the rally-bred sports sedan that can take on much bigger contenders. Given how successful the WRX has been as a performance car, you might be surprised to learn that it can also be a great daily driver. My teenage son plays electric guitar and his best friend and fellow band member plays an extended-neck bass guitar. If the three of us, their instruments and practice amps can fit comfortably in the WRX, I'd say it's also a great family car. The 2016 WRX has plenty of mojo, and while most versions are equipped with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, the WRX Limited with available Sport Lineartronic CVT and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now possesses a very well-rounded personality. Spirited Automatic Acceleration Ask enthusiasts about the WRX, and they're sure to mention its 2.0-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine, 268 peak horsepower, and 258 lb-ft of torque. For day-to-day driving, that amazing amount of torque, which is available at low engine speeds, means the WRX can jump off the line quickly. But you don't need a clutch pedal to enjoy WRX performance. The Sport Lineartronic CVT, which is available on both WRX Premium and WRX Limited models, brings driving ease together with high performance. CVT-equipped models include Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), a driver-selectable performance management system. Select Intelligent Mode for relaxed commuting. Switch to Sport or Sport Sharp when you want to amp up the fun. Standard paddle shifters along with a manual mode let you dip more deeply into the car's performance potential on your command. New Safety and Convenience Features The EyeSight system provides an array of features, including pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control, to provide a safer and more comfortable driving experience. This optional package also includes Steering Responsive Fog Lights, which help increase visibility in the direction the vehicle is turning. Once you've experienced it, you'll never want to be without it. Roomier and More Refined Upgraded in 2015, the new WRX Sedan offers a roomier passenger compartment with a notably upgraded interior. The WRX Limited in particular provides a more refined driving experience, with standard leather-trimmed upholstery and an eight-way power driver's seat. Its heated front seats (part of the All-Weather Package), automatic climate control, and power moonroof can make the miles fly by in complete comfort. And the new SUBARU STARLINK 6.2" multimedia audio system can play your favorite tunes at a reasonable volume as well as blast your teenage son's progressive metal music way too loud. The Best of Both Worlds The 2016 WRX, when equipped with the Sport Lineartronic CVT and EyeSight system, is more refined than ever before, perfect for the discerning owner who wants to have his or her cake and eat it too. And when you're not hauling around 2/5 of your son's band, it's an awesome machine for the occasional 0-60 mph sprint. 1. EyeSight is a Driver Assist System which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. Technology effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. See Owner's Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 2. Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving.