The WRX and STI's closest competitors are the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evolution models.
The Evolution is a sharper, edgier car than the STI, and its twin-clutch automatic is more effective around the track, too.
However, the STI is more refined and more comfortable.
The Ralliart isn't as fast or pleasant as the comparable WRX.
The MazdaSpeed 3 is front-wheel drive, as are the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST.
All three are offered only as hatchbacks, while the Subarus come as sedans as well.
The Focus ST comes with a more upscale interior than the others, though, and its 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder makes it a real contender in the budget performance category.
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|23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|N/A||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD||4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|