2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 WRX Sedan Comparison at Mckenna Subaru in Huntington Beach, CA

When it was first introduced, the Subaru WRX was a performance-oriented trim level for the popular Subaru Impreza sedan. Today, the Subaru WRX is a distinct model all its own, but it's still designed to provide thrilling, motorsport-inspired performance. Find out more below, where the experts at McKenna Subaru compare the 2020 Subaru Impreza and 2020 Subaru WRX side-by-side. They're both ideal for the daily drive, but which one is right for your needs and your budget? To find out, read on below or just stop by for a test drive.

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 WRX Sedan Exterior

Size & Style

The 2020 Subaru Impreza 4-Door is a compact sedan with a classy, understated style. If you're looking for something with a more aggressive look, the Impreza 5-Door hatchback offers a slightly sportier stance to our eyes. Or, select the Subaru Impreza Sport trim level for a more powerful look. The 2020 Subaru Impreza Sport models are equipped with black-finish alloy wheels, sculpted rocker panels and a trunk spoiler.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Subaru WRX is a true sports car derived from championship rally racers. As a result, it gives you an even more intimidating appearance thanks to aggressive front and rear under spoilers, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, quad exhaust outlets and its signature hood scoop.

When it comes to size, both these nimble sedan cars offer a compact footprint. You'll get a little bit more rear seat legroom and trunk volume in the 2020 Subaru Impreza 4-Door compared to the WRX, but they're both roomy enough for five adults and the day's shopping, too.

Interior & Technology

In the center stack inside both these cars, you'll find a 6.5" touchscreen powered by Subaru STARLINK™. This multimedia system features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for seamless smartphone integration. In the 2020 Subaru WRX, this system even comes standard with an HD Radio® receiver and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. On the 2020 Subaru Impreza, these features come on the Premium trim level and above.

The interior of the 2020 Subaru Impreza goes well beyond basic, with impressive features at this price point like USB charging, power windows, power mirrors, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls and more. When you step up to the performance of the 2020 Subaru WRX, you'll also get some additional interior items like automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel and sporty aluminium pedal covers.

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2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 WRX Sedan Interior

Performance & Drive

You'll find both these cars provide a dramatically different experience behind the wheel. That's because they've been built for entirely different purposes. The 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan was designed to give you a refined drive with class-leading safety at an affordable price. 152 horsepower gives you all the power you need for highway cruising and daily driving while the four-wheel independent suspension -- something of a rarity in this class -- helps to soak up bumps and potholes. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard for better performance on gravel roads and rain-slick streets. And since it'll get up to 36 MPG, the 2020 Subaru is kinder on your wallet.

Instead, the 2020 Subaru WRX was designed for blistering performance. Its turbocharged engine delivers a robust 268 horsepower for a more exciting drive. To help manage all that power, quick-ratio power steering, a sport-tuned suspension, Active Torque Vectoring and ventilated disc brakes all come standard. For even more control, take a look at available upgrades like Brembo® performance brakes, Subaru Intelligent Drive and more.

There is one way in which these cars perform similarly: they both come standard with a manual transmission for a more engaging drive. Or, upgrade to the available CVT automatic with paddle shifters for an effortless cruise.

2020 Subaru Impreza vs 2020 WRX Sedan Features


Both the 2020 Subaru WRX and Impreza sedan earned one of the most exclusive safety awards in our industry: 2019 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety! That means whether you crave an affordable commuter or a more track-oriented vehicle, Subaru provides class-leading safety.

Thanks to standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on both Subaru models, you'll have superior grip in wet or icy weather. Unlike many sedan cars in this segment, the 2020 Subaru Impreza and WRX can conquer rural dirt roads and long gravel driveways easily, even when the weather turns.

Driver Assistance

When you select a 2020 Subaru Impreza or WRX, you can also get the latest in driver assistance technology. Subaru EyeSight® technology comes standard on both models when equipped with the CVT automatic transmission! EyeSight® helps monitor the traffic around your vehicle, and can intervene to help keep you safe with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning and lane keep assist.

On the 2020 Subaru WRX with the stick-shift, these driver assist features are withheld, putting complete control in the hands of driving enthusiasts.

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Which Subaru Sedan Is Right For You?

While they have a lot in common, the 2020 Subaru Impreza and WRX are very different cars at the end of the day. A fully-loaded 2020 Impreza still costs less than the entry-level 2020 Subaru WRX. If you need practical, reliable and sophisticated transportation, the 2020 Subaru Impreza has got everything you need. If you need something for carving canyon roads and beating your friends' lap times, the 2020 Subaru WRX is ready and waiting.

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2020 Subaru Impreza Sedan 2020 Subaru WRX
$18,695 Starting MSRP $27,495
152 Horsepower 268
145 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
36 Highway MPG / 28 City MPG Max Gas Mileage (MPG) 31 Highway MPG / 23 City MPG
Standard All-Wheel Drive Standard
99.8 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 96.6 Cubic Feet
12.3 Cubic Feet Trunk Size 12 Cubic Feet
Available Automatic Climate Control Standard
Available on All Trim Levels EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology Available on Some Trim Levels
16" Steel Wheels Standard Wheels 17" Aluminum-Alloy Wheels

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