Compare 2012 Subaru WRX vs 2012 Volkswagen GTI

2012 Subaru WRX
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
N/A
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$0 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Both the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are fun, quick, and tractable in any driving situation; they're large enough for a family, remarkably practical, and their only downsides are the lack of an automatic and lousy fuel economy. It isn't the fastest or flashiest sporty hatchback around, but the 2012 Volkswagen GTI may well be the most balanced, carrying forward its legacy into the 21st century.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg 21 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
- 41.2
Passenger Capacity
- 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
- 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
- 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
- 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
- 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
- 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
- Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
- NA
Brake ABS System
- 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
- Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 35.8
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
- NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- NA
Rear Tire Size
- 225/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- NA
Front Tire Size
- 225/40R18
Spare Tire Size
- Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3034
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
- 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- Compact
Rear Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 8.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
- Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
- Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
- NA
Displacement
- 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 31
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.36
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
Summary
Body Style
- Hatchback
Vehicle Name
- Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
- Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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