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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD
MSRP
$37,245
Invoice
$35,192
Average Price Paid
$37,245
48 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
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AWD
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Hatchback
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2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$41,731
35 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$41,074
18 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD
No Expert Reviews
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Kyree Rollerson 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.

2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD
No User Reviews
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
10
Josh writes:
The car drives like its on rails when driving in the canyons but where I live the roads are terrible and the r...
Value Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD better.
"The interior and it does not have major recalls like the focus rs. Although the 2018 models I believe addressed the gasket issues."
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD better.
"It fits my lifestyle better. I think the golf r is a better daily commuter than the focus. The focus is more fun but as an everyday car I dont think it surpasses the golf"
20
GuruWY277 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."
5
AaronTV writes:
The Focus RS is a lovely mix of fun and practicality. Its a great year round hot hatch that owns snowy roads w...
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R better.
"The Civic Type R has a wider hatch opening and more overall cargo volume. "
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"I live in Wisconsin and the Focus RS does a better job year round due to its AWD and amenities like heated seats and steering wheel. If I lived in a year-round warm climate Id probably pick the Type R. "

Specs

2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Powertrain 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
19 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
22 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.9 gal 13.7 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
310 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
8.1:1
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 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 5 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 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats -- 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
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.3 in 43.1 in
Back Legroom 35.4 in 33.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12 cu ft 19.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload 959 lbs --
Exterior
Length 180.9 in 171.7 in
Width 79.5 in 80.5 in
Height 58.1 in 58 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 104.3 in

Available Options

2021 Subaru WRX STI
AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Pure Red
  • WR Blue Pearl

Option Packages

  • RECARO Front Seats
  • Popular Package #1
  • Popular Package #3
  • Popular Package #3 (IZT)
  • STI Short Throw Shifter Package
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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