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The Aging Subaru WRX And STI Set Best-Ever Record Before Major Upgrades

The performance models 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI just set best-ever sales records. See why they are still hot before the next generation arrives.


A vehicle's sales usually decline in the last year before a significant remodel, but the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are not slowing down. Subaru of America reported the sport-tuned 2021 WRX and performance-tuned WRX STI just had their best-ever April on record.

Subaru of America reported the 2021 WRX and STI had 3,183 total sales in April, a 132.7 percent increase over April 2020 with 1,368 sales. And the performance sedans are up 48.1 percent year to date. Subaru has delivered 8,749 WRX and STI to customers in the first four months of 2021 compared with 5,908 last year.

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Why are the 2021 WRX and STI selling well?

It helps when Subaru picks up another Best Performance Brand award from Kelly Blue Book. Despite needing a total remodel, both 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are excellent sports car values. Torque News reported the WRX and STI drop in value less than all other sports cars and are the top sports cars to buy new over used.

Subaru WRX and STI have a 5-year depreciation of 39.8 percent and the second-best model behind the Porsche 911 at 36.0 percent. Most sports cars depreciate 41.6 percent on average.

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What is the price of the 2021 Subaru WRX and STI?

The 2021 WRX comes in base 6-speed manual (MT) priced at $28,420, Premium 6MT ($30,970), Premium CVT automatic ($32,870), Limited 6MT ($33,020), and Limited CVT ($34,920). Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925).

WRX has two option packages. Navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier and speakers, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert ($2,100.) The second options package includes navigation, Harman Kardon amplifier, and speakers, blind-spot detection/rear cross-traffic alert, reverse auto brake, and high beam assist (cost $2,400.)

The 2021 WRX STI comes in base trim starting at $38,170, WRX STI Limited with Wing or low profile trunk spoiler ($42,870). Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925). STI offers one option package, Recaro front seats ($2,250.)

What upgrades will the 2022 Subaru WRX and STI get?

Both the 2022 WRX and STI are expected to get a new 2.4-liter FA24 turbocharged Boxer engine upgrade with additional power. Look for the WRX close to 300 horsepower, and the STI could approach 400 horsepower with the new engine.

When can I buy the 2022 Subaru WRX and STI?

Subaru should begin producing the all-new 2022 WRX during the fall of 2021, but fans will have to wait for the next-generation 2022 WRX STI to roll out a year later.

The aging performance models 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI just set best-ever April sales records, and performance enthusiasts aren't waiting for the new models. When the next-generation 2022 WRX and STI arrive, look for the all-new models to be in strong demand.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Ty S-M (not verified)    May 6, 2021 - 11:23AM

Mitsubishi killed the lancer and handed all the sales to Subaru :(
As an avid Mitsubishi fan I couldn't be more disappointed in Mitsubishi's decision to kill off the lancer after, especially seeing the coemption flourish in the perspective marketplace

DW (not verified)    May 16, 2021 - 9:28AM

Subaru needs some new CEOs as they build some cool-looking concepts and never manufacture, I was going to buy a 2014 WRX from the 2013 concept car, and then they came out with the BUTTUGLY POS they still have that I would never buy!! The new concept WRX wagon Viziv should be put into production, but they keep building BUTTUGLY crap! I have always wanted a Subaru but they need to UP the designs they put into production! Subaru vehicles look like they are stuck in the 1980s!