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
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
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.