Subaru of America (SOA) announced the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI just had their best-ever May sales. It's impressive because the performance sedans are in the last year before a significant remodel, and the two performance sedans show no sign of slowing down.
SOA reports WRX and STI had 3,169 sales in May, increasing 40.5 percent over May 2020 with 2,255 sales. Year to date, WRX and STI are up 46.0 percent, with 11,918 sales compared with 8,163 last year.
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The sport-tuned WRX and performance-tuned STI outsold the Impreza sedan and hatchback with 2,946 sales in May. The performance sedans also outsold the 2021 Legacy sedan, with 2,101 models delivered to customers.
Why are the WRX and STI still selling well?
Kelly Blue Book says Subaru is the Best Performance Brand in 2021. KBB says, "For the second year in a row, the KBB.com audience has dubbed Subaru tops in this category, thanks in no small part to the WRX and WRX STI performance sedans. These models are a blast to drive, offering thrills at an affordable price."
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The WRX and STI offer value for performance buyers
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.)
There won't be any special pricing discounts on the 2021 Subaru WRX STI performance-tuned models even before the next-generation remodel.
What's next for the 2022 Subaru WRX?
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 will the 2022 Subaru WRX and STI be revealed?
Subaru should uncover the all-new 2022 WRX in October 2021, but fans will have to wait for the next-generation 2022 WRX STI to roll out a year later. Check out the latest next-generation WRX and STI report below.
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