2022 Subaru WRX vs. Its Competition

2022 Subaru WRX
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The WRX started as a hot hatch, and now it’s only a sedan, but it still has the vibe of the original.

The Honda Civic Si is closest to the WRX but with less power, while the Type R competes with the bawdier STI; both offer similar thrills despite sending power exclusively to the front wheels.

The Mazda 3 comes as a sedan or hatchback, and both offer excellent agility, good fuel economy, and the option of all-wheel drive; a newer turbo engine comes close to the WRX for power.

VW’s redesigned GTI and Golf R have a reputation for refined performance in a practical hatchback package.

Hyundai offers both the Veloster N three-door hatchback and Elantra N four-door sedan as frisky front-drivers that put a smile on drivers’ faces.

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Quick Specs
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Practical and sporty, the 2022 Subaru WRX is a fun car to drive every day.
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The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
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The 2022 Hyundai Elantra excites us with its styling and gas mileage, but loses us with interior quality.
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The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N continues to take up rent-free space in the Civic Type R’s head—for now.
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The 2022 Mazda 3 makes a play for upscale compact-car buyers with a rich interior and cut-above handling.
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The 2022 VW GTI is a good hot hatch, but the Golf R fully realizes the platform’s potential.
MSRP From     
Coming Soon$22,350$19,950$32,500$20,800$29,545
Gas Mileage     
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 56 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
N/ALX CVTSE IVTManual2.0 FWD2.0T S Manual
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASedanSedanHatchbackSedanHatchback
Transmission     
N/ACVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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