The 2019 Subaru WRX is hard to categorize thanks to its sedan body, all-wheel drive, plentiful grip, and strong acceleration.
Rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R check some of those boxes, but trade friskiness for refinement.
The Honda Civic Si and Type R feature flashy designs that may be over the top for some paired with terrific driving dynamics.
Audi’s S3 and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG-tuned CLA45 cost more than the Subarus, but perhaps not as much as some buyers expect for their luxury labels.
Finally, Ford dealers may still have the manic, unrefined, but wildly fun Focus ST and Focus RS hatchbacks.
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|2019 Subaru WRX|
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|2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class|
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|2019 Volkswagen Golf|
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|2018 Ford Focus|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
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|Manual||Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro||LX Manual||CLA 250 Coupe||1.4T S Manual||S Sedan|
|All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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