The Subaru WRX flogs its rally-ready hardware with the best of the compact-sport segment.
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 styling, while the Mazda 3 has a flowing look and good road manners, though it doesn't yet have a new Mazdaspeed3 variant to battle the other high-performers.
There's also the new VW GTI, with its adult looks and excellent steering and ride quality, not to mention an upright cabin that manages to be both sporty and spacious.
While the WRX models have always been linked with the Mitsubishi Evolution, the Lancer-based all-wheel-drive sedan is taking its final bow in 2015.
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|2016 Subaru WRXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2015 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual Premium||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2016 Subaru WRX vs. 2016 Ford Focus||2016 Subaru WRX vs. 2016 Mazda MAZDA3||2016 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer|