2021 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2021 Subaru WRX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

There’s nothing on the market like the WRX, but the Honda Civic Type R provides similar thrills in a very different package.

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

The downside? It makes anything else look subtle and stylish.

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.

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.

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

2021 Subaru WRX2021 Subaru WRX
2021 Honda Civic2021 Honda Civic
2021 Hyundai Veloster2021 Hyundai Veloster
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo2021 Mazda MAZDA3
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI2021 Volkswagen Golf
Quick Specs
The 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pitch drivers on heady performance without the usual styling excess.
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
Fun always comes at a price. Thankfully for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster, fun won’t break the bank.
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
The 2021 VW Golf TSI compels shoppers for its overall value, but the GTI is a hole in one.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
ManualLX CVT2.0 Manual2.0 FWD1.4T TSI Manual
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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