2016 Subaru WRX/STI arrives this summer with added safety and new infotaintment
The 2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI will begin arriving in U.S. showrooms this summer and will come with added safety features and new infotaintment for performance fans. There have been no changes to the drivetrains for 2016 and WRX still comes with a 268 hp 2.0-liter turbo boxer. 2016 WRX STI still comes powered with the 2.5-liter boxer producing 305 hp. The performance cars came with significant suspension upgrades for 2015 and no changes were made for the 2016 MY. The big news for 2016 WRX/STI is the added safety and infotainment.
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2016 WRX gets new EyeSight
Subaru’s EyeSight safety system and driver assist technology is now available on WRX when equipped with the Sport Lineartronic automatic transmission. Lane Keep Assist has now been added to the 2016 WRX EyeSight system which uses the vehicle’s electric power steering system to help the driver keep the vehicle within its lane when driving on the highway.
WRX Limited (with Sport Lineartronic transmission) when ordered with EyeSight, comes in a package with Navigation and Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The upgraded tech package also includes a harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system plus Keyless Access and Push-Button Start with Pin Code Access. WRX models equipped with EyeSight also come with Steering Responsive Fog lights.
Subaru STARLINK in all trim levels
All 2016 WRX trim lines now feature upgraded infotainment capability. The standard WRX receives a new Subaru STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia system featuring 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display, AM/FM stereo, Satellite Radio, HD Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD player, Subaru STARLINK connectivity with Ahaand Pandora smartphone integration, iHeart Radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, iPod control capability, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. A rear vision camera is standard on all trims.
WRX Premium with 6-speed manual transmission, comes with the further upgraded Subaru STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation system. The $2,100 package also includes the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system but adds a high-resolution 7-inch LCD screen featuring multi-touch gesture controls. The system also includes SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging capability and dual USB ports. SiriusXM NavWeather and NavTraffic are also available with a subscription. Also included with the navigation system are three years of complimentary map updates.
Other WRX changes for 2016
2016 WRX Premium and Limited performance sedans now come standard with 18 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 summer tires on Premium and Limited trims. This is upgraded from the 2015 models that came with 17-inch alloy wheels.
WRX STI now comes with STARLINK
Standard trim 2016 WRX STI also comes with the new Subaru STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia system and a rear vision camera is standard, as well. The standard trim STI can be upgraded with a Navigation option packaged with the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system along with Keyless Access and Push Button Start with PIN Code Access for $2,600.
The 2016 WRX STI Limited gets new safety and infotainment technologies. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are both included, plus Keyless Access and Push Button Start with PIN Code Access. The Subaru STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation system is standard and is combined with the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system. 2016 WRX STI Limited now offers a low-profile trunk spoiler as a no-cost option in place of the standard STI large signature wing.
Standard WRX models get a $300 price increase and begin at $26,595. Standard WRX STI models get a $200 price increase and start at $34,695 plus $795 destination. The 2016 models will begin arriving at Subaru dealerships this summer.