Between the Subaru WRX and the range-topping STI, the latter is surely the more appealing option. The STI produces 37hp and 32lb-ft more than the WRX through its 2.5L BOXER engine; however, so much power without top-level safety technology is a concern.
The Subaru EyeSight technology has not only helped the WRX but other Subaru models earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, making it quite unfortunate and perplexing that the best performer in Subaru’s lineup doesn’t have it.
Another head-scratcher is the fact that for the WRX model, the system is made available only with the CVT version of the WRX Limited trim which is just one step lower than the base STI model.
What drivers of the WRX STI are missing out is the assurance of stereo cameras at the top of the windscreen catching sight of everything surrounding the vehicle. This allows accidents to be avoided as the driver is alerted to all sorts of potential dangers he or she may not notice.
The EyeSight feature comes bundled together with a navigation system, keyless entry and start, Harman Kardon stereo system, as well as Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert.