2019 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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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The 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI trade eye-catching design for breathtaking performance on a variety of road surfaces.
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The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
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