2020 Subaru WRX vs WRX STI Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The 2020 Subaru model lineup is more powerful and exciting than ever, with the all-new Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy available with turbocharged engines for impressive performance -- but the pinnacle of Subaru performance remains the Subaru WRX and WRX STI. They're the most powerful Subaru models available today. They're both tuned for thrilling performance on smooth pavement, broken asphalt and dirt roads with sophisticated Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems. All-wheel drive capability, a poised, balanced ride, responsive handling and a mighty engine come together to provide powerful performance at an incredible price! But which WRX model is right for you? Discover the differences between the 2020 Subaru WRX and 2020 Subaru WRX STI below! Then head to McKenna Subaru to take your test drive.

2020 Subaru WRX vs WRX STI Exterior

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI: Sporty Style

On the exterior, the primary thing that sets the 2020 Subaru WRX STI apart from the standard WRX models its its rear spoiler. The standard Subaru WRX features a low-profile lip spoiler that adds a touch of sportiness. But on the Subaru WRX STI, you get the oversized STI-design spoiler, which has been the calling card of the STI for decades. Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru WRX STI also adds 19" alloy wheels and steering-responsive LED Headlights for a cutting-edge look. The regular 2020 Subaru WRX features 17" wheels and halogen headlights as standard equipment.

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2020 Subaru WRX vs WRX STI Interior

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI: Premium Comfort

The 2020 Subaru WRX is a performance car through and through, yet it's still civilized and comfortable during the daily drive. Standard features include automatic climate control, performance-design front seats with extra bolstering for hard cornering, a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel and a touchscreen multimedia system. For pairing your smartphone, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ also come standard.

Inside the 2020 Subaru WRX STI, you get all this and more! The WRX STI adds standard dual-zone automatic climate control, Ultrasuede® and leather-trimmed upholstery, a larger touchscreen and an HD Radio receiver.

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI: All-Wheel Drive

Unlike most performance cars, the 2020 Subaru WRX draws from a rich heritage of rally racing. It's thanks to the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System that this car can thrill on paved roads and unpaved surfaces alike. The 2020 Subaru WRX features a continuous all-wheel drive system that optimizes torque distribution to each wheel automatically. This provides improved grip, control and confidence. However, upgrade to the 2020 Subaru WRX STI and you'll get the Driver Controlled Center Differential! The DCCD allows you to customize the front/rear torque distribution through the standard limited-slip helical front and Torsen® rear differentials for even greater responsiveness and quickness.

2020 Subaru WRX vs WRX STI Features

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI: Performance

Under the hood of the 2020 Subaru WRX, a 2.0L turbocharged BOXER® engine provides a unique growl and the smooth power delivery unique to this engine design. Its horizontally opposed positions allow the engine to be positioned low and deep in the engine bay, for a low center of gravity. As a result, the 2020 Subaru WRX tenaciously grips the road, and provides balanced, level cornering. Combine this with the added traction of AWD and the 2020 Subaru WRX is one of the best-handling vehicles on the road! Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru WRX provides a robust 268 horsepower.

When you upgrade to the 2020 Subaru WRX STI, you get a 2.5L turbocharged BOXER® with all the same benefits and even more power: 310 horsepower!

Both cars come standard with a six-speed, fully-syncronized manual transmission for the most direct and intimate connection between driver and car. However, on the 2020 Subaru WRX, a Sport Lineartronic™ automatic transmission with paddle shifters is an available option. On the 2020 Subaru WRX STI, your only option is the manual gearbox.

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2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI: Safety

Unlike many performance cars, the Subaru WRX offers the peace of mind that comes with camera-based driver assist technology. When equipped with the optional Sport Lineartronic™ transmission, the 2020 Subaru WRX also comes with advanced driver assistance courtesy of Subaru EyeSight®. This suite of features provides forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control. Since the Subaru WRX STI isn't available with the automatic transmission, neither does it provide Subaru EyeSight® technology.

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With a starting MSRP of $27,495, the 2020 Subaru WRX is an affordable choice when you're looking for an all-wheel drive sports car that's a practical, comfortable daily driver as well. But if you're looking for something with race-proven, track-tested performance, the peerless 2020 Subaru WRX STI has a starting MSRP of $36,995.

2020 Subaru WRX2020 Subaru WRX STI
$27,495Starting MSRP*$36,995
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)22 Highway / 17 City
268Horsepower310
258 lb-ftTorque290 lb-ft
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc BrakesBrakesBrembo® Performance Braking System
ClothStandard UpholsteryUltrasuede®/Leather
Not AvailableDriver-Controlled Center DifferentialStandard
Not Available19" Alloy WheelsStandard
Not AvailableDual-Zone Automatic Climate ControlStandard
AvailableLED HeadlightsStandard (Steering Responsive)

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.