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 WRXBrowse Used Listings||2019 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2019 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings||2018 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|Manual||LX CVT||CLA 250 Coupe||1.4T S Automatic||S Sedan|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2019 Subaru WRX vs. 2019 Honda Civic||2019 Subaru WRX vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class||2019 Subaru WRX vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf||2019 Subaru WRX vs. 2018 Ford Focus|