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2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Hatchback AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$29,222
7 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$36,509
5 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Hatchback AWD
Michael Perkins Preview:

If you’re the type of driver who puts performance first—the kind who gets excited when you hear about the low CoG of a boxer engine and the on-edge performance of symmetrical AWD—the W...

2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Kyree Williams Preview:

Introduced as Ford’s answer to compact global cars, the Focus hit the market in the late 90s to critical acclaim. The Focus remained largely unchanged until the third-generation releas...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Hatchback AWD
5
writes:
Great value for money
Handling Ranked 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium better.
"It is made to handle better then any other car out there"
writes:
Love this car. Track ready but road wise. Super easy to drive, has some cool awd features and real zippy
writes:
Great on the road, fast and good handles but I traded it for a family car, now I have a 2018 Toyota Camry and ...
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
10
writes:
This car is the most over achieving car I have ever owned. I am on new car number 38 in the last 30 years. Mo...
Power Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD better.
"Engine just has more power which makes it faster in a straight line although it cannot compete with the 4 wheel drive and tenacious grip of the Focus RS"
Handling Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Steering feel is better and it just grips the corners like a Honey Badger. I have taken both on my favorite twisty roads (I live in an area with amazing deserted twisty roads) and the Focus out handles the M4 easily. Much faster through the corners, the tighter the faster, with a much more confidence inspiring feel. The only place the M4 was better is highway ride or rough road conditions in general. Smoother. But as far as sports car handling the Focus RS is in an entirely different category."
Looks/Style Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"It is just more unique looking, paint jumps out as special compared to M4, aggressive stance. You have to look at the M4 fairly closely to be able to tell it is not a regular 4 Series coupe. The Ford Focus will never be mistaken for anything but a Ford Focus RS."
Front Seats Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Recaro seats just have better support and feel."
Back Seats Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Focus has 4 doors giving it an advantage but the seats are also larger and more usable."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The back seats are bigger and the hatch space is more versatile. "
Family Car Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Four doors and the space afforded by the hatch design. Much more flexible and convenient. Also the 4 wheel drive makes it much more capable in wet weather and snowy conditions."
Value Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Focus RS has much better handling and steering feel compared to the M4 and 80% of its straight line speed and equal braking at a little over 1/2 the price. I guess it lacks the prestige of the M badge but when you are driving it you dont care and you get just as many looks and thumps ups."
Would Buy Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Better handling, steering and 80%+ of its straight line speed with quality overall approaching the M4 at just over 1/2 the price."
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writes:
Looks/Style Ranked 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR worse.
"I like hatchbacks..."
Value Ranked 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR better.
"Cuz the Fords are stupid expensive "

Specs

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Hatchback AWD
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Powertrain 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
19 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
23 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.9 gal 13.7 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
305 hp @ 6,000 RPM
350 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
290 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
350 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
8.2:1
9.5:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,300 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.92 in x 3.11 in
3.44 in x 3.67 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Optional Standard
Passenger Airbag Optional Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional Standard
Curtain Airbags Optional Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 4 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Optional Standard
Air Conditioning Optional Standard
CD Player Optional Standard
Radio Optional Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.5 in 43.1 in
Back Legroom 33.5 in 33.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 19 cu ft 19.9 cu ft
Exterior
Length 173.8 in 171.7 in
Width 70.7 in 80.5 in
Height 58.1 in 58 in
Wheelbase 103.3 in 104.3 in

Available Options

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Hatchback AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Plasma Blue Silica
  • Satin White Pearl
  • WR Blue Pearl

Option Packages

  • Navigation System Package
  • 10" Powered Subwoofer
  • 10" Powered Subwoofer (DCJ)
  • Popular Package #1 (IYN)
  • SPT Black Exhaust Package
  • SPT Performance Exhaust
  • SPT Silver Exhaust Package
  • Sport Performance 1B
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback

Exterior Colors

  • Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat
  • Race Red

Option Packages

  • Power Moonroof
  • Tires: 19" Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 Summer Track

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