2023 Subaru WRX Long-Term Update: Some thoughts on ride quality

2023 Subaru WRX Long-Term Update: Some thoughts on ride quality

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I only drove our long-term WRX for a day when it still had winter tires on it, but I saw what all the rest of the staff was talking about. As Byron noted in his long-term review of the Blizzaks, on dry pavement, “they're far too squirmy and uncommunicative for my comfort.” Then he got snow, which changed his tune. I didn’t have such luck. There was also talk about the WRX’s stiff ride, but my brief stint in it didn’t leave me complaining. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment.

After getting its summer tires back on before the WRX arrived to me, there was chatter around the virtual office about how much better of a fit its factory tires are. The shoes in question are a set of 245/40 Y-rated Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 600 A tires on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Fast forward to last week, and I found my way back into our long-term WRX. My stint in our Limited comes after a few free-range days and a subsequent comparison test (coming soon) with the WRX TR.


Subaru bills the WRX’s standard suspension as “track-tuned,” also noting its chassis-mounted rear anti-roll bar and “high-performance summer tires.” Subaru’s intended result is a car with grip, stability and minimal body roll. And, boy howdy, the WRX delivers. Carrying speed through corners is a blast, and it feels well-controlled and communicative.