2010 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The most direct rival for the STI—and really the only formidable rival—is the Mitsubishi 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 has been 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.

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Quick Specs
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MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
N/AGas I4Gas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
N/A4-Door Sedan Manual DE2-Door HB Manual
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
N/A4 Door Sedan2 Door HB
N/AManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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