The Subaru WRX flogs its rally-ready hardware with the best of the compact-sport segment.
The VW GTI offers adult looks, excellent steering and ride quality, a refined character, and an upright cabin that manages to be both sporty and spacious.
The Ford Focus and Mazda 3 are also alternatives to the WRX; the Focus ST is a rorty blast to drive, bristling with edgy performance and styling, and the even more powerful RS model promises to challenge the STI.
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.
While the WRX models have always been linked with the Mitsubishi Evolution, the Lancer-based all-wheel-drive sedan is no longer available.
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|2017 Subaru WRXBrowse Used Listings||2017 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2015 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 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|
|Manual||S Sedan||Sport Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD|
|All Wheel||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2017 Subaru WRX vs. 2017 Ford Focus||2017 Subaru WRX vs. 2017 Mazda MAZDA3||2017 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer|