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2020 Subaru WRX

Original MSRP Range
$27,495 - $41,695
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
16 - 21 MPG City / 22 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2020 Subaru WRX

What We Like

  • Great bang for the buck
  • AWD traction
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Choice of powerful turbocharged engines
  • Comfortable sport seats
  • Standard EyeSight driver assist on CVT models

What We Don't

  • A lot of road and wind noise inside the cabin
  • Firm ride on STI
  • No hatchback model

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Subaru WRX?

For 2020, the WRX gets an upgraded Performance package option that adds Brembo 4-piston calipers on the front and dual-piston calipers on the back. The WRX STI now comes standard with keyless access with push-button start, redesigned engine bay cooling ducts and new 19-in dark gray wheels. See the 2020 Subaru WRX models for sale near you

Which WRX is the Best?

Unless you're a diehard track enthusiast, we'd say the WRX is the preferable choice over the STI. It has plenty of power and offers the option of an automatic transmission and the EyeSight driver-assist feature. Overall, it's a realistic daily driver that costs less. Find a Subaru WRX for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Subaru WRX Cost?

The WRX and the WRX STI offer five different trim options: WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI and WRX STI Limited.

The base WRX ($28,395) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 17-in alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, hill-start assist, steering-wheel controls for audio and Bluetooth, cruise control, aluminum alloy pedal covers, a STARLINK 6.5-in touchscreen, AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM radio with six speakers and USB/iPod integration, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, illuminated power window switches, electric-assist power steering, automatic climate control, power windows, heated power mirrors, power door locks, sport seats, a rear backup camera and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

The WRX Premium ($30,695 manual, $32,595 CVT automatic) adds the All-Weather package (heated seats, heated side mirrors and windshield de-icers), fog lights, 18-in wheels, illuminated vanity mirrors, a power sunroof, 7-in touchscreen audio, a low-profile trunk spoiler and the SI-DRIVE performance-management system with two manual shifting modes (6-speed and 8-speed) and steering wheel paddle-shift control switches (automatic only). CVT-equipped models also come with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist and collision avoidance system standard.

The WRX Limited ($32,995 manual, $34,895 CVT automatic) adds a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, leather seating, LED low-beam steering responsive headlights and welcome lighting.

The WRX STI ($37,895) brings a more powerful 2.5-liter engine, keyless access with push-button start, hydraulic power steering, LED low-beam headlights, auto on/off headlights with wiper activation, 19-in alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, front and rear center limited-slip differentials, Subaru's Driver Controlled Center Differential and fog lights, but no sunroof.

The WRX STI Limited ($42,595) includes Recaro seats with an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic on/off headlights, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, a power sunroof, keyless entry with push-button starting, navigation and a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Buyers can choose between the traditional tall STI trunk-lid spoiler or a low-profile spoiler.

Options for the WRX Premium include the Performance Package that adds Recaro front seats, Brembo brakes (4-piston calipers up front and dual-piston at the rear) and a deleted moonroof. A blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert can be added to manual transmission-equipped models. The Limited trim offers the navigation and Harman Kardon upgrade, as well as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-changing assist. CVT-equipped models gain more from the package including Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist. There are also numerous dealer-installed options, including a performance exhaust and a short-throw shifter kit.

WRX Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
WRX Limited CVT$33,995 / $31,9164 Cylinder Turbo26818 / 246-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
WRX Limited Manual$32,095 / $30,1704 Cylinder Turbo268N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
WRX Manual$27,495 / $25,9254 Cylinder Turbo268N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD
WRX Premium CVT$31,695 / $29,7944 Cylinder Turbo26818 / 246-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
WRX Premium Manual$29,795 / $28,0484 Cylinder Turbo268N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Lip Spoiler$41,695 / $39,3314 Cylinder Turbo310N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Wing Spoiler$41,695 / $39,3314 Cylinder Turbo310N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD
WRX STI Manual$36,995 / $34,9604 Cylinder Turbo310N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD

Is the 2020 Subaru WRX a Safe Car?

All WRX and WRX STI models come with front seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag, electronic traction and stability control and incline-start assist, which keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when starting off on an incline of more than five degrees. The STI is equipped with 6-piston Brembo performance brakes for better stopping power. EyeSight collision avoidance comes standard on models equipped with an automatic transmission.

In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2020 Subaru WRX earned the highest score of Good in every test and a Superior in the crash avoidance and mitigation test. It also earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

5 Year Cost to Own

$47,557 ($0.63 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • All Weather Pkg
  • Popular Pkg 1
  • Popular Pkg 3
  • Shifter Pkg
  • Popular Pkg 2

Competition

2020 Subaru WRX vs the competition

2020 Volkswagen Golf R -- Volkswagen's AWD Golf R is a rival worthy of a test drive. The R has a much nicer interior, better navigation and audio systems and a more livable ride. On a track, however, the WRX STI is still the more desirable car.

2020 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design -- The S60 T6 R-Design costs about $10,000 more than the STI, but it offers 316 hp with AWD, plus a more luxurious and roomier interior and more refined exterior styling.

2020 BMW 230i xDrive -- For about the same price as the WRX STI, you can get into an AWD 2 Series coupe, and for another 10 grand on top that, a 335-hp M240i.

Used Audi S4 -- A 2014-2018 Audi S4 model is a great alternative to the WRX, as it offers a much better interior, more power and a higher pedigree.

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