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2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Subaru WRX STI

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$33,602 — $45,159 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Comfortable seats
  • Visibility
  • Handling and acceleration
  • Relatively affordable (WRX)
  • Highway poise

The Bad

  • CVT operation in most situations
  • Small trunk
  • Sound quality of standard stereo
2020 Subaru WRX STI exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Subaru WRX STI
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Manual or CVT (WRX)
  • High-output WRX STI model available
  • EyeSight active safety system available

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2020 Subaru WRX STI Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Subaru WRX?

The Subaru WRX and WRX STI are compact performance sedans with room for up to five people. They have turbocharged engines, performance-oriented all-wheel-drive systems and racy bodywork. The WRX has a 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the high-output WRX STI has a 310-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It also includes other high-performance hardware like Brembo brakes and a driver-controlled center differential. The WRX faces competition from the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the WRX STI goes up against the VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type R.

What’s New on the 2020 Subaru WRX?

WRXs equipped with the available continuously variable automatic transmission come with Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology, while the car’s optional Performance Package adds Brembo-brand brakes. The WRX STI, meanwhile, now has standard keyless access with push-button start.

What Features in the 2020 Subaru WRX Are Most Important?

Unlike many other compact sedans that have front-wheel drive, Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI are distinguished by standard all-wheel drive. Both cars still offer a standard six-speed manual transmission for those interested in shifting for themselves. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is available.

Should I Buy the 2020 Subaru WRX?

If you’re looking for entertaining performance and four-season usability in one car, the WRX and WRX STI are worth a look. That said, we’re not impressed with the automatic transmission, and trunk space is limited.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Love my STI Rocketship!!!

by SPD RACR from McKinney, TX on November 21, 2020

Love this car! This car growls and is a thrill to drive! We just put on new air box and Access Port and it just goes!! Read full review

(5.0)

First new car. Very Pleased

by MattD from Milwaukee on June 22, 2020

I found this car because I wanted a fun four dour car that I could drive in any season. After doing the research and driving this vehicle, I don't believe there's any car that would have been more ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Subaru WRX STI currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Subaru WRX STI has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The WRX STI received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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