CHANGES FOR 2014:

-New WRX STI Tsurugi package
-Satellite radio compatibility added to WRX STI Sport-tech package
-Plasma Blue Pearl paint option discontinued

Changes to the WRX and WRX STI are in trim for 2014. The most notable update is the addition of the Tsurugi (a Japanese word for a traditional broadsword) Edition of the WRX STI: it’s mostly an appearance package that adds a couple of functional features, too.

Both cars use a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, tuned to 265 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque in the WRX, and 305 hp and 290 lb-ft in the STI. The WRX gets a five-speed manual transmission, and the STI upgrades to a six-speed. There is no automatic option.

The WRX starts with an open-type rear differential, all-wheel drive, performance-tuned suspension, stability and traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, six airbags, integrated front-seat head restraints, engine immobilizer and anti-theft system, 17-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, aerodynamic body-colour ground effects, rear underbody diffuser, quad-tip exhaust, foldable, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, black stainless steel and mesh grille, windshield wiper de-icer, six-speaker stereo, MediaHub iPod USB integration, automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with integrated cruise and audi controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, alloy sport pedals, heated rally sport-type seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and black cloth upholstery with red stitching.

Sedan models get a low-profile rear spoiler with integrated brake light and rear-seat folding centre armrest; hatchbacks get a large rear roofline spoiler with brake light and a retractable cargo area cover.

A Limited option package brings fog lights, sunroof, satellite radio and leather seats.

The STI adds a number of performance upgrades beyond its stronger engine. These include a helical limited-slip front different, Torsen limited slip rear differential, multi-mode driver-controlled centre differential, multi-mode stability and traction control systems, Brembo high-performance brakes, sport anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, six airbags, integrated front-seat head restraints, engine immobilizer and anti-theft system, 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, headlight surround with aluminum finish, and black alcantara and anthracite black leather bolsters with red stitching.

The STI Sport-tech package adds unique 18-inch wheels, sunroof, Xenon headlights, automatic climate control, multimedia Pioneer stereo with navigation with smartphone integration and detachable face, side mirror-mounted LED turn signal repeaters, fog lights and satellite radio integration.

Tsurugi Edition cars get unique 18-inch wheels, front lip spoiler, 10-inch subwoofer, satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, automatic climate control, fog lights, sunroof, Xenon headlights and side mirror-mounted LED turn signal repeaters.

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