2017 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2017 Subaru WRX
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2017 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are astonishing all-wheel-drive performers for the price, with good space and all season capability, but their looks and interiors aren't up to the driving engagement.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
7.3
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
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   
$26,695$16,775N/A$17,395
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Compact CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact Cars
Style Name   
ManualS SedanN/A4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
55N/A5
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanN/ASedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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