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Selected Style 2010 Subaru WRX 2-Door HB Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI may not appeal to everyone; a lack of refinement and poor fuel economy make these poor daily drivers. Despite this, both cars are extremely entertaining, very comfortable, and safe. The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 31 mpg
EPA Classification Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.2
Second Leg Room (in) 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7
Passenger Capacity 5
Second Head Room (in) 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 165.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7
Wheelbase (in) 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.1
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.28 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.26 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion
Rear Tire Size 225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA
Front Tire Size 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3100
Front Wheel Material Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120
Displacement 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47
Trans Type 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09
Trans Order Code NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI
Body Style 2 Door HB
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-link
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7
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