2020 Subaru WRX

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The 2020 Subaru WRX is a proven sports sedan with strong turbo power from either of its two available engines.

The base WRX rides well enough and responds easily enough to be a comfortable daily driver. Its 268-horsepower turbocharged flat-4 engine is relaxed around town. The transmission choice might take some thought, because the WRX is an eminently suitable car for its standard 6-speed manual, but that makes for more work and less relaxation around town. The option is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which comes standard in 2020 with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. That collision-avoidance technology unfortunately isn't available with the stick shift.

At least Subaru builds a good CVT. Paddle shifters allow drivers to sort through pre-set gear ratios that simulate a real automatic reasonably well.

The WRX STI is a different story. It uses a different engine, a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 making 310 horsepower, plus a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes, bigger wheels with wide tires, and an adjustable center differential for the all-wheel-drive system. You can spot an STI by its big wing.

The WRX is based on the last-generation Impreza, which is hardly a benchmark for interior refinement. The cabin is roomy but has a dated feel, offset only slightly by user-friendly infotainment software and other controls.

Curiously, the WRX with a manual transmission gets better fuel mileage than with the CVT: 21 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined for the manual, versus 18/24/21 mpg for the CVT. The 310-hp WRX STI with a 6-speed is rated by the EPA at 16/22/19 mpg.

The NHTSA has not yet crash tested the 2020 WRX, but the IIHS gives it a Top Safety Pick+ award, when equipped with the CVT's automatic emergency braking and optional LED headlights with automatic high beams.
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The 2020 Subaru WRX is a proven sports sedan with strong turbo power from either of its two available engines.

The base WRX rides well enough and responds easily enough to be a comfortable daily driver. Its 268-horsepower turbocharged flat-4 engine is relaxed around town. The transmission choice might take some thought, because the WRX is an eminently suitable car for its standard 6-speed manual, but that makes for more work and less relaxation around town. The option is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which comes standard in 2020 with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. That collision-avoidance technology unfortunately isn't available with the stick shift.

At least Subaru builds a good CVT. Paddle shifters allow drivers to sort through pre-set gear ratios that simulate a real automatic reasonably well.

The WRX STI is a different story. It uses a different engine, a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 making 310 horsepower, plus a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes, bigger wheels with wide tires, and an adjustable center differential for the all-wheel-drive system. You can spot an STI by its big wing.

The WRX is based on the last-generation Impreza, which is hardly a benchmark for interior refinement. The cabin is roomy but has a dated feel, offset only slightly by user-friendly infotainment software and other controls.

Curiously, the WRX with a manual transmission gets better fuel mileage than with the CVT: 21 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined for the manual, versus 18/24/21 mpg for the CVT. The 310-hp WRX STI with a 6-speed is rated by the EPA at 16/22/19 mpg.

The NHTSA has not yet crash tested the 2020 WRX, but the IIHS gives it a Top Safety Pick+ award, when equipped with the CVT's automatic emergency braking and optional LED headlights with automatic high beams.
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Retail Price

$27,495 - $32,095 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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$1,518 - $1,994 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 2.0L H-4
MPG 21 City / 27 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd man w/OD
Power 268 @ 5600 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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