Subaru WRX STI vs Hyundai Veloster N

2021 Subaru WRX STI
2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
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2022 Hyundai Veloster N
2022 Hyundai Veloster N
$32,500MSRP
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2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
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2022 Hyundai Veloster N
$32,500MSRP
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MSRP

$37,245

MSRP

$32,500

Average price

$30,269

Average price

Listings

961

Listings

84
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Manual transmission available
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • All-wheel drive not available
  • Cramped back seat

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

Hyundai has discontinued most of the Veloster lineup, choosing to instead focus on expanding its roster of (more profitable) crossover SUVs, so the top-spec Veloster N goes it alone for the 2022 model year. But with sport compact car sales flagging and Hyundai making no changes to the Veloster N, one must wonder if the 2022 model year represents the hot hatch's curtain call.
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.5L 310 hp H4

Engine

2.0L 275 hp I4

Drive Train

AWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

4

Horsepower

310 hp @ 6000 rpm

Horsepower

275 hp @ 6000 rpm

MPG City

16

MPG City

22

MPG Highway

22

MPG Highway

28
2021 Subaru WRX STI
2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
Overview
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2022 Hyundai Veloster N
2022 Hyundai Veloster N
$32,500MSRP
Overview
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2021 Subaru WRX STI
$37,245MSRP
Overview
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2022 Hyundai Veloster N
$32,500MSRP
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$37,245
$32,500
Average price
$30,269
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.8
Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Read full review

7.2 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Manual transmission available
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • All-wheel drive not available
  • Cramped back seat
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.

Hyundai has discontinued most of the Veloster lineup, choosing to instead focus on expanding its roster of (more profitable) crossover SUVs, so the top-spec Veloster N goes it alone for the 2022 model year. But with sport compact car sales flagging and Hyundai making no changes to the Veloster N, one must wonder if the 2022 model year represents the hot hatch's curtain call.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.5L 310 hp H4
2.0L 275 hp I4
Drive Train
AWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
4
Horsepower
310 hp @ 6000 rpm
275 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG City
16
22
MPG Highway
22
28
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