2024 Subaru WRX: Cheaper Than Type R, Not GR Corolla

Gaining More Power? Work For It.

The prices for the 2024 Subaru WRX have been publicly announced, culminating in the confirmation of the cost of the new TR trim level. Starting at $32,735 (excluding $1,120 for the destination fee and delivery costs), the WRX can be quite steeply priced if you opt for the TR option – an additional $10,000 to pay out prior to accounting for the aforementioned charges.

Subaru’s TR trim for 2024 is the closest version to an STI that drivers can get these days. Although in the US consumers won’t find any winged elements, this package is still quite attractive: Brembo brakes with 6-piston in the front and two-piston caliper at the back, bigger brake pads and rotors, tuned steering and 19-inch composite wheels covered in Bridgestone Potenza S007 summer tires come as standard.

The discouraging report has it that no upsurge in force is to be had, and the 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder Boxer motor continues to push out 271 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. If an increased power output is what you desire, getting it professionally tuned will be necessary.

Inside, the TR features Recaro seats which are outfitted with Ultrasuede fabric, a luxury item previously only accessible on the automatic WRX GT. Uniquely, the WRX TR is only being offered with the manual transmission and it does not include a sunroof.

The cost of the WRX has gone up by $2,130 in comparison to last year’s model, which began at $30,605 before destination. This price boost can be attributed to Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which now comes with all trims of the car, even those with the 6-speed manual transmission. Previously, EyeSight was only available on CVT-equipped cars, but now manual drivers can also benefit from features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more. If you opt for the CVT, also known as the Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT), you’ll get 8 simulated gears with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

For all tiers of trims, the 11.6-inch Starlink infotainment system is now a universal standard as opposed to the original dual-screen configuration featured on less advanced models.

Advancing to the WRX Premium at an outlay of $34,635 ($35,985 including CVT) increases the wheel size from 17-inch to 18-inch along with summer performance tires, heated front seating, aluminum pedals, LED fog lights, keyless entrance, a boot spoiler, and further amenities. An additional package costing $1,865 installs an 11-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system as well as a sunroof.

At a price of $39,015 (or $40,565 with the CVT option), the WRX Limited offers a wide variety of features as standard, such as the Harman Kardon audio system, in-built navigation, power driver’s seat and lumbar support, Ultrasuede upholstery, blind spot monitoring system, LED headlights which respond to steering movements, plus a sunroof.

The WRX GT stands as the most expensive version, with a starting price of $44,215, and offers only a CVT transmission. It also includes Recaro seating and boasts an opulent Ultrasuede dashboard that features red embroidery. The GT rides on18-inch wheels and is the exclusive WRX trim to get sport-tuned dampers with adaptive suspension – an omission we find quite bemusing for those outfitted with stick shifts.

Hobbyists will naturally incline towards the WRX TR, which is priced at a lower rate than the front-wheel drive Civic Type R, and starts at $44,795. The downside to this is the Toyota GR Corolla, whose 2024 base Core derivative can be purchased for only $36,100. Of course, if someone wishes to have all the tricked-out features of the Circuit Edition, they’ll still need to pay $44,740, though in our opinion it offers far more in terms of performance than the TR does.

The TR appears to be reasonably valued in comparison to the WRX models, however there are plenty of more robust performance automobiles that one can acquire for roughly the same amount.

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