The Subaru WRX Versus the Competition

Throughout its decades-long history, the Subaru WRX has remained a formidable opponent both on-road and off-road for both rally drivers and performance enthusiasts. Seamlessly conjoining the practicality of a four-door sedan with the exhilarating driving experience of rally racing (with its name being derived from "World Rally eXperimental", the Subaru WRX defined an entire class of vehicles since its inception. With the latest generation of Subaru WRXs confidently surpassing the competition in every regard, drivers from Albuquerque to Placitas, Bernalillo to Rio Rancho and beyond receive the utmost in performance, craftsmanship, value and impeccable style.



The Subaru WRX Vs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a formidable opponent to the Subaru WRX. With both vehicles featuring similar engine specifications, sport-oriented suspensions and handling manners, and comparable degrees of interior design, these two vehicles frequently undergo rigorous comparisons. However, ultimately, the Subaru WRX remains atop the segment, as is exemplified below.

Power, Efficiency and Performance

The Volkswagen Golf GTI and its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces an ample 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet - an adequate quantity of power for a sport-oriented four-door hatchback. However, the Subaru WRX's 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® flat four-cylinder engine with its impressive 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet edges out the Golf GTI with superior horsepower. Additionally, the Golf GTI comes equipped with a front-wheel drive configuration, while the Subaru WRX boasts the legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that has firmly cemented Subaru's reputation amongst both professional rally drivers and the average commuter alike with its unparalleled performance capabilities. While the Golf GTI does boast slightly superior fuel efficiency with 25 city and 33 highway miles per gallon, the Subaru WRX's 27 highway and 21 city miles per gallon hardly lags behind by a significant margin, resulting in the WRX's clear superiority over the Golf GTI.

Interior and Technology

Both vehicles come equipped with a variety of interior convenience features and advanced, innovative technological integrations to enhance the driving experience. However, while the Golf GTI offers various driving modes and a touchscreen display, the Subaru WRX's SUBARU STARLINK™ system with either a 6.2-inch or 7-inch touchscreen display ensures seamless integration of technology to compliment your lifestyle. Due to the various remote services available, and the various safety and security features packed within this powerful and intuitive system, the SUBARU STARLINK™ system ultimately reveals the Subaru WRX as superior within this category.

Safety and Affordability

Both vehicles adhere to the highest standards of vehicular safety - with the Golf GTI boasting a five-star NHTSA safety rating, and the WRX being listed as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2018, both vehicles strictly adhere to the industry standards of safety and security. Further amended with various safety features and a network of airbags to ensure complete safety in the event of an accident, the Subaru WRX confidently stands atop the segment amongst the other vehicles worthy of top safety accolades.

When assessing affordability, these two models are exceptionally close - the Subaru WRX starts at $26,995, while the Golf GTI starts at $26,415. While cheaper, the Golf GTI's almost negligible savings hardly offset the significantly lesser performance capabilities. For drivers seeking both an exhilarating driving experience and the utility of a sedan, the WRX remains the superior choice. Further amending the WRX's superiority, a 12 cubic-foot trunk offers additional utility, while the hatchback Golf GTI relies on its folding rear seats to deliver the capacity required to carry cargo.


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The Subaru WRX Vs. The Ford Focus ST

The Ford Focus ST directly challenges the Subaru WRX with its sport-oriented construction and 2.0-liter engine. However, as drivers may experience, its lackluster handling and performance ultimately falls short of becoming a viable alternative to the Subaru WRX.

Power, Efficiency and Performance

Fitted with a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine with 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet, the Focus ST stands as one of the few models capable of offering comparable performance specifications. However, the Ford Focus ST, like the Golf GTI before it, comes in front-wheel drive - a detriment to its overall performance. While the Subaru WRX offers superior horsepower, it exerts slightly lesser torque than the Focus ST - however, this ultimately remains a negligible factor, as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system equipped as standard on the WRX results in vastly superior handling. "Torque-Steer" is a common issue front-wheel drive vehicles encounter, caused whilst accelerating, that causes the vehicle to heavily pull toward one side. Due to the inherent nature of the drivetrains within these vehicles, the Subaru WRX remains the superior-performing vehicle. While the focus offers a moderately superior fuel efficiency with 25 combined miles per gallon, the Subaru WRX's 23 combined miles per gallon hardly stands as a significant drop in its viability.

Interior and Technology

Both vehicles feature sport-styled interiors, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and cloth seating. However, the SYNC® system equipped within the Ford Focus ST lacks the multifaceted, intuitive and powerful nature of the SUBARU STARLINK™ system - which not only offers exceptional multimedia solutions, but various safety and security features as well. Furthermore, the Focus ST, as a hatchback, does not offer a separate trunk like the Subaru WRX - resulting in the WRX's superiority once more.

Safety and Affordability

While both vehicles remain comparable with their safety specifications, with the Focus ST receiving a five-star NHTSA safety rating, the more closely contested factor is that of price. The Focus ST is moderately more affordable, starting at $25,170 as opposed to the Subaru WRX's starting price of $26,995. While seemingly comparable, the less nimble handling, lack of a standalone trunk, front-wheel drive configuration and inferior interior amenities of the Focus ST relegate it to a secondary position behind the Subaru WRX.


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The Subaru WRX Vs. The Honda Civic Si

The aforementioned competitors faced the inherent drawbacks of their hatchback construction when compared to the sport-sedan style four-door Subaru WRX - however, the Honda Civic Si faces no such disadvantage. Aiming to compete with other sport-oriented four-door vehicles, the Honda Civic Si employs a variety of convenience features, performance enhancements, and interior styling to attempt to dethrone the Subaru WRX.

Power, Efficiency and Performance

While seemingly comparable, the Civic Si's adequate, but ultimately inferior 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet cannot contest the well-balanced and more powerful SUBARU BOXER® engine. While the Civic Si does offer superior fuel efficiency with a combined 32 miles per gallon, the Subaru WRX's vastly superior engine specifications and all-wheel drive configuration results in its vastly superior handling capabilities and overall performance ability. When shopping for a sport-oriented vehicle, receiving sport handling and performance remains a relatively important factor. Thus, the Subaru WRX stands atop the Honda Civic Si.

Interior and Technology

Featuring a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 7-inch display touchscreen, the Civic Si offers similar convenience features to the Subaru WRX. However, its clunky multimedia system, despite integration with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, cannot compete with the advanced SUBARU STARLINK™ system.

Safety and Affordability

Both vehicles boast exceptional safety ratings and a high degree of structural integrity to protect their passengers from injury, with the Civic Si receiving a five-star NHTSA safety rating to challenge the Subaru WRX's aforementioned accolades. Affordability remains the central point of contention once more, with the Civic Si starting at $24,100, contesting the Subaru WRX's higher $26,995 starting price. However, the gap in performance, interior styling, technological integration and styling is far greater between these two models that with any of the others assessed - revealing the Subaru WRX, once more, as the optimal choice for drivers seeking unparalleled performance.


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Garcia Subaru East - Your Stop for the Subaru WRX

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