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2020 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2020 Subaru WRX
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

There’s nothing on the market like the WRX, but the Honda Civic Si and Type R provide similar thrills in very different packages.

The Civic Si is the second-most balanced front-wheel-drive car on the market, and it comes loaded with features for the money.

The Type R is the most-balanced front-drive car you’ll find, plus it’s righteously quick.

The downside? It makes the WRX look subtle and stylish.

VW’s GTI is a refined thrill machine, but a new model is due likely later this year, so either insist on a big discount or wait it out.

An all-wheel-drive Golf R may happen again, but VW hasn’t said.

The Mazda 3 delivers excellent balance and good fuel economy, and it’s available with all-wheel drive.

It’s not nearly as sporty as the WRX, though.

Hyundai’s Elantra GT makes a good budget choice with its punchy turbo power and comfortable interior, too.

The smaller three-door hatchback Veloster and Veloster N are smoother, smaller, and tighter, but lack room for four.

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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2020 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are willing companions that prioritize accessible performance over edgy good looks and high-tech cabins.
6.7
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
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The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a well-equipped value.
6.7
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
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Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid if stoic choice among compact hatchbacks
MSRP From    
$27,495$20,000$19,300$21,500$23,195
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
ManualLX ManualSE IVTFWD1.4T TSI Manual
Drivetrain    
All WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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