Ford Focus RS vs Subaru WRX STI

2021 Subaru WRX STI
2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
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2017 Ford Focus RS
2017 Ford Focus RS
$36,120MSRP
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2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
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2017 Ford Focus RS
$36,120MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$37,245

MSRP

$36,120

Average price

$30,269

Average price

Listings

961

Listings

117
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Outdated technology

Reviews Summary

A performance sedan is an ideal blend of fun and functionality. It’s similar to hot hatchbacks, like the Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Golf R, or Hyundai Veloster N. They offer performance and practicality, and do it at a relatively affordable price. But there’s not just one tier of performance. Like selecting fuel at the pump, there are levels. And for every level you go up in performance, it becomes more of a commitment. Such is the way of the 2021 Subaru WRX STI, a performance sedan that will put a smile on your face, but it’s also a bit of a lifestyle choice.

The WRX STI was last redesigned for the 2015 model year, and though it received some infotainment updates for the 2019 model year, it is a somewhat dated car. It's still based on the previous-generation Subaru Impreza platform, in fact.

Automakers tend to let their performance offerings linger a bit longer before a redesign, however. And just as the Golf R is to the VW GTI or the Type R is to the Civic Si, the STI is a level up from the Subaru WRX. So does the STI offer enough performance to warranty selecting it over the standard WRX, or other sporty compacts for that matter? Read on to find out.

Reviews Summary

Europeans did this to us. They made us crave the Ford Focus RS, a street-legal rally car with way too much turbocharged power driving the front wheels. That was in 2009, and only in 2016 has Ford’s European division brought its most feral Focus RS yet—with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. How wild is this winged terror? We tightened our helmet and shut down an entire racetrack to assess its ferocity.
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.5L 310 hp H4

Engine

2.3L 350 hp I4

Drive Train

AWD

Drive Train

AWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

310 hp @ 6000 rpm

Horsepower

350 hp @ 6000 rpm

MPG City

16

MPG City

19

MPG Highway

22

MPG Highway

25
2021 Subaru WRX STI
2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2017 Ford Focus RS
2017 Ford Focus RS
$36,120MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2017 Ford Focus RS
$36,120MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$37,245
$36,120
Average price
$30,269
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.5
Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Read full review

7.7 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Outdated technology
Summary

A performance sedan is an ideal blend of fun and functionality. It’s similar to hot hatchbacks, like the Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Golf R, or Hyundai Veloster N. They offer performance and practicality, and do it at a relatively affordable price. But there’s not just one tier of performance. Like selecting fuel at the pump, there are levels. And for every level you go up in performance, it becomes more of a commitment. Such is the way of the 2021 Subaru WRX STI, a performance sedan that will put a smile on your face, but it’s also a bit of a lifestyle choice.

The WRX STI was last redesigned for the 2015 model year, and though it received some infotainment updates for the 2019 model year, it is a somewhat dated car. It's still based on the previous-generation Subaru Impreza platform, in fact.

Automakers tend to let their performance offerings linger a bit longer before a redesign, however. And just as the Golf R is to the VW GTI or the Type R is to the Civic Si, the STI is a level up from the Subaru WRX. So does the STI offer enough performance to warranty selecting it over the standard WRX, or other sporty compacts for that matter? Read on to find out.

Europeans did this to us. They made us crave the Ford Focus RS, a street-legal rally car with way too much turbocharged power driving the front wheels. That was in 2009, and only in 2016 has Ford’s European division brought its most feral Focus RS yet—with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. How wild is this winged terror? We tightened our helmet and shut down an entire racetrack to assess its ferocity.
Video
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.5L 310 hp H4
2.3L 350 hp I4
Drive Train
AWD
AWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
310 hp @ 6000 rpm
350 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG City
16
19
MPG Highway
22
25
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