2015 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2015 Subaru WRX
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Subaru WRX flogs its rally-ready hardware with the best of the compact-sport segment.

It'll always and forever be linked with the Mitsubishi Evolution, an aging warrior that's destined to be remembered fondly, what with its videogame driving feel.

The Ford Focus and Mazda 3 are the two most interesting alternatives to the WRX; the Focus ST is a rorty blast to drive, bristling with edgy performance and trim, while the Mazda 3 has extravagant styling and good road manners, though it doesn't yet have a new Mazdaspeed3 ready for sale.

Finally, there's the current VW GTI, about to be replaced but still a worthy competitor, with excellent steering and ride quality, not to mention an upright cabin that manages to be both sporty and spacious.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 Subaru WRX is no quicker than before, but beautifully balanced handling and spot-on steering are better than ever.
8.6
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
8.6
The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
7.4
A lack of refinement and a poor interior will limit shoppers' interest in lower-trim Lancer models, but the Ralliart and Evolution cars both offer thrilling performance for any climate.
MSRP From    
$26,295$17,170$16,945$17,395$24,785
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD2-Door HB Manual S
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD