2011 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The most direct rival for the STI—and really the only formidable rival—is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Both vehicles have comparable power figures and specs, but the Evolution stands out as edgier, with a sharper tuner feel.

The Evolution's Twin Clutch automated manual gearbox is also a standout in this class, with quick, expert shifts that, combined with the all-wheel-drive system, can make you feel like a better driver than you are.

However, on normal roads, the STI's extra bit of refinement is welcome; it's not nearly as ragged and harsh.

Versus the WRX, the Ralliart is its rival; however, the Ralliart doesn't quite have the power to keep up with the Subaru, and its interior feels cheap and plasticky in comparison.

The MazdaSpeed3 was completely redesigned for 2010, with new styling and an improved interior, but it only has front-wheel drive; combined with a peaky turbocharged engine, it can be a handful to drive fast, but it's fun and an easy car to drive less aggressively on the commute.

If you want something a little more refined, the Volkswagen GTI might be a better choice.

Like the MazdaSpeed3, the GTI is only offered as a hatchback, but it's quiet and smoother-riding, while still fast and enjoyable.

Yet another alternative is the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec.V, or the Honda Civic.

Both of these coupes have somewhat peaky non-turbo motors, reasonably good handling, and better fuel economy than the Subaru WRX or STI.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI are fast, fun cars to drive in any situation, and they're comfortable, safe, and practical enough for small-family use; poor fuel economy and a lack of automatic transmissions limit its appeal, though.
7.8
From true economy car to sophisticated junior sport sedan or sporty hatchback, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer has it covered—albeit with a few flaws.
7.8
A punchy turbo engine, crisp handling, and a dual-clutch gearbox give the 2011 Volkswagen GTI a performance profile that's anything but stodgy.
MSRP From  
N/A$15,295$23,695
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
N/AGas I4Gas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class  
N/ACompactCompact
Style Name  
N/A4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD2-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain  
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
N/A55
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
N/A4 Door Sedan2 Door HB
Transmission  
N/AManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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