The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated the new Subaru WRX according to the fuel consumption criterion. A sedan with a four-cylinder 2.4 turbo engine turned out to be as voracious as a full-size Ford F-150 frame pickup truck with a 2.7 EcoBoost V6 engine and an “automatic”. Both models consume 11.2 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers in a mixed cycle, so the Japanese sports car has nothing to be proud of.
Motor Trend magazine indicates that the Subaru WRX fuel efficiency measurements were made with the sport mode activated, but this fact alone can hardly explain such a high gasoline consumption.
The fact is that a sedan with a manual transmission and a similar 275-horsepower (350 Nm) opposed engine consumes 10.7 liters per 100 kilometers. For comparison, the 320-horsepower all-wheel-drive Golf R on the “robot” is satisfied with 10.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
Mediocre fuel economy can be a problem for Subaru WRX because in the USA sports cars are bought by young customers who care about gasoline consumption. It is important that the previous generation WRX is more economical than the current one, although the novelty has not received a noticeable increase in power.
The American EPA agency is not the first to publish interesting data on fuel consumption. For example, in November 2020, experts estimated the efficiency of the 1500-horsepower Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport with an 8.0-liter W16 engine.