The sole all-wheel competition for the Subaru STI is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or Evo.
It's a sharper, edgier drive than the STI, notable especially for its superb Twin Clutch automatic manual gearbox.
In most circumstances, though, the extra refinement of the STI is more than welcome--drivers won't end up feeling so ragged after longer journeys where the performance can't actually be used.
Moving down one notch, the WRX competes with the Mitsubishi Ralliart, though the WRX is both faster and much more pleasant inside.
Both of those vehicles are only offered as five-door hatchbacks; the GTI wins on refinement, the MazdaSpeed3 for sheer fun.
They're not turbocharged, and return far better fuel economy than the rather thirsty Subarus.
|2012 Subaru WRXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2012 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD||2-Door HB Manual|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Hatchback|