Subaru WRX/WRX STI
STATUS: Minor changes for 2020 - The Subaru WRX and rally-bred STI sedans are up against the VW Golf GTI, Hyundai Veloster N and Honda's Si and Type R models. Based on the Impreza platform, the WRX and STI's most recent updates included remodeled front and rear ends, revised suspension and steering systems and changes to the manual gearboxes. The dashboard of the base WRX sports a 5.9-inch touch-screen, while up-level trims get a seven-inch unit. The top-level WRX Premium is eligible for the extra-cost Recaro-brand sport bucket seats (power adjustable for the driver) and bigger brakes. For 2020, upper trims get a performance management system that alters the WRX's driving characteristics between Intelligent (standard), Sport and Sport Sharp). The WRX STI comes with a huge rear wing, more aggressive nose (with redesigned cooling ducts) and its own wheel-and-tire package. You won't find a continuously variable transmission in this bad boy, only a six-speed manual. The WRX's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the STI's 2.5-liter engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet.
Base price (incl. destination): $28,400 (WRX); $37,900 (STI)Type: Compact sport sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter H-4, turbocharged (268, WRX); 2.5-liter H-4, turbocharged (310, STI)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; continuously variable (opt. on WRX)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 21/27/23 (WRX, MT)
Base weight (lb.): 3,290