2020 Subaru WRX

MSRP $27,495

Ranked #15 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Subaru WRX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 11, 2021

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The 2020 Subaru WRX remains unchanged from the outgoing model and is on sale for $27,495. It is powered by a 26-hp 2.0L turbo-4 engine that is punchy enough to pull from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Acceleration lovers will admire the $36,995 WRX STI for its 4.6-second 0-60 MPH sprint time owing to its 310-hp turbo-4 engine. Manual transmission drinks more fuel whereas CVT will be the choice for fuel savers. 

2020 Subaru WRX three-quarter view

The WRX's interior is roomy but not the most attractive. For its price, the interior quality feels subpar but the infotainment system is communicative and smooth. The WRX also offers many driver-assist features, which is a good touch. The Honda Civic Si is the only true rival in its class. However, the compact sports sedan segment gets competitive with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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Pros

Terrific ride and handling

Staple AWD in all trims

Enriched safety features

Spacious and comfortable interiors

Cons

Average cargo volume

Below average interior quality

Bad fuel economy

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

258 ft-lb. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3294 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1115 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$27,495 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru WRX in Cool Gray Khaki color
Cool Gray Khaki

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


Subaru's always-entertaining WRX is still a relatively inexpensive way to get your performance kicks- Cnet

The Subaru WRX is the type of car that lets you use it as a workday sedan, corner like a 911, and rally like a Quattro, though that would be exaggerating things. It delivers a mild version of all three. The WRX might not be that refined but to be honest it's the best sporty compact under the $30,000 mark. Although holding a sporty character, it also offers plenty of space for five passengers with okayish practicality. 

Compared to its fellow rival, the Civic Si, the WRX has higher ownership costs. That's because the WRX's maintenance, repair, and fuel costs are slightly more. It is estimated to cost around $7,455 every year to incur all these costs. But when it comes to reliability, the WRX excels with a J.D. Power score of 82 out of 100, which is more than the German rivals thanks to its great resale value. 

2020 Subaru WRX Sedan front angle view
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan rear angle view

6.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Subaru WRX Features

6.5/10

There are also numerous dealer-installed options, including a performance exhaust and a short-throw shifter kit- Autotrader

Subaru bore 3 offerings for the WRX family, the entry-level WRX, Premium, and Limited. The pricing for the WRX starts as low as $27,495 and it climbs up to the $40,000 mark, excluding the $925 destination charge. Climbing up the trim ladder you get upgrades in the standard feature list and an option for CVT transmission but the AWD system is standard throughout the range. 

2020 Subaru WRX side view

The $2,850 Performance Package for the Premium trim adds Brembo brakes and Recaro front sport seats but you have to sacrifice the power moonroof. There's another package that includes a 9-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. This package is exclusive to the Limited trim and costs $2,100. 

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$27,495

$29,795

$32,095

MSRP (CVT)

N/A

$31,695

$33,995

Key Features

Cloth upholstery Adds/ Upgrades to Base trim Adds/ Upgrades to Premium trim
  Automatic climate control

18-inch alloy wheels

Push-button start

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Power moonroof

Leather upholstery
  Rearview camera

Heated front seats & exterior mirrors

10-way power driver's seat

 

6-speaker stereo Fog lights LED low-beam headlights
  6.5-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 7-inch touchscreen   
  Sport-tuned suspension    

We Recommend

We would recommend you to go with the Limited trim with CVT as it adds a lot of comfort and convenience features for its price. Those who love to shift their own gears can go for the manual version. Also, opt for the Navigation System package as it adds two more driver-assist features. 


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2020 Subaru WRX Engine and Performance

9.0/10
When you take a spin in a Subaru WRX, you can tell right away that it has the right stuff- Edmunds

The Subaru WRX harbors a 2.0L turbo boxer-4 engine mated to a 6-speed manual that keeps the engine on the boil. The powertrain cranks out 268 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. A CVT transmission is optional on the Premium and Limited trims. The gearbox has relatively short throws and a predictable clutch. The engine remains compliant for the city but at the same time capable of blasting in the freeway with a sweet exhaust note.

2020 Subaru WRX engine

The standard AWD system and decent traction control make WRX a versatile sedan fit for tracks, mud, gravel, or snow. The tri-spoke steering feels good in the hand with a lot of road communication as you drive. The driver can sense an all-time central control which makes cornering fun and better than any car at this price tag. The suspension in the normal setting is good and can endure rough pavements without any major jittering.

2020 Subaru WRX driving view

The WRX’s speed will not give you goosebumps but the punchy engine can still pin you back to the seat. The 5.6-second 0-60 MPH time is not that intriguing but it's the best in the class. Extend the race to the quarter-mile and the WRX shows 14 seconds to hit the chequered flag. As much it contributes to the handling, it makes braking even more intense. The WRX takes 110 feet to come on a grinding halt from a speed of 60 MPH.

Models

2020 Subaru WRX

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

MSRP

$27,495

$37,500

$25,000

$36,650

Engine

2.0L Turbo Flat-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed Automatic

Power

268 hp @ 5,600 RPM

228 hp @ 5,000 RPM

205 hp @ 5,700 RPM

221 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

258 lb-ft. @ 1,450 RPM

192 lb-ft. @ 2,100 RPM

258 lb-ft. @ 1,800 RPM

0-60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.1 sec

6.8 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.0 sec

13.8 sec

15.1 sec

14.2 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

Despite making less power than the WRX, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the quickest sprinter in this competition. Even the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class gives a tough rivalry to the WRX. On the other hand, the Honda Civic Si takes the longest time to reach the milestone due to its underpowered engine. 


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2020 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The 2020 Subaru WRX can be frugal, but only if you stay out of boost- The Car Connection

Fuel-conscious people will definitely keep away the Subaru WRX from their thoughts as it has a poor fuel economy. The EPA-estimated ratings are 21 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on a highway, and 23 MPG combined. These are the lowest ratings for a compact sports sedan. With a CVT transmission, the ratings are surprisingly less. 

2020 Subaru WRX driving view

You just get 3 MPG less in the city and highway ratings. Another thing is that only premium fuel is required which means you have to pay more. Thankfully, Subaru provides a large 15.9-gallon fuel tank for a decent range. It comes out to be 366 miles when the tank is at its full capacity. But a large tank means more fuel costs. 

Models

2020 Subaru WRX

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

MPG (City)

21

23

26

25

MPG (Highway)

27

33

36

35

MPG (Combined)

23

27

30

28

Fuel Tank (Gallon) 15.9 13.2 12.4 13.5
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 334/429/366 304/436/356 322/446/372 338/473/378

The Honda Civic Si is the most fuel-efficient sedan in this competition as it makes the least power. The fuel estimates of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class are closely similar to the Civic Si. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe's fuel economy is also good for the power it makes. The WRX might be the sportiest compact sedan in the lot but it's not the most efficient one.

2020 Subaru WRX Interior

8.2/10
The driver's seat offers more adjustment, and therefore room, than expected of a compact car- Edmunds

The Subaru WRX's interior is more functional than being sophisticated. You won’t find the hyper-styled elements like on the German rivals but once you get the taste of Subaru, you won’t be needing them. All seats are skinned with cloth except for the Limited trim that comes with leather seats with contrast stitching. A 10-way power driver's seat with heated functionality is only reserved for the Limited trim. 

2020 Subaru WRX dashboard

The seats are well-padded and boast great support. The WRX is the kind of car you can drive all day and in the off-time get a nice nap without interruption. The cabin is roomy and can easily accommodate 5 people. The high roofline gives a decent headroom space in both rows. There is enough legroom for comfortably seating two 6 footers back to back. The visibility is reasonable, you get a good view of the road. 

2020 Subaru WRX infotainment system

You get a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display with Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system. Upper trims feature a 7-inch touchscreen paired with a 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Both screens include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment. The interface is user-friendly with zero confusing features, though it feels dated. The physical controls can be reached easily from the driver's seat.  

Models

2020 Subaru WRX

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/55.6/43.3

39.8/55.5/41.4

37.5/56.9/42.3

38.5/55.1/41.8

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.2/35.4

35.7/53.1/34.4

36.8/55.0/37.4

35.7/54.0/33.9

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

12.0

15.1

14.7

11.6

This is one of the main areas where the WRX lacks. You get just 12 cu-ft., which is kind of disappointing. The subpar cargo space may break your ambitions to turn WRX into a family sedan. The cabin utility is average too. You have a small glove box and an armrest in the name of cabin utility. Side pockets and center stack bins sum up the utility angle of the WRX. Some other interior features are:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function steering wheel
  • 10-way power driver' seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Power moonroof
  • 6.5 & 7-inch touchscreen display w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Navigation system

2020 Subaru WRX Exterior

6.0/10
The standard WRX sedan does without a big rear wing- Carbuzz

The Subaru WRX is not the type of car that turns heads by its looks, its handling does that. Its looks are more sophisticated to balance out the flamboyant handling prowess. The exterior styling of the WRX looks like an everyday sedan and a reformed version of the Impreza. It can be instantly recognized on the road by its huge hood scoop. LED headlamps with LED fog lamps are only standard on the Limited trim. 

2020 Subaru WRX three-quarter view

From the side view, you would notice the toned character-defining lines. It sits on 17-inch alloy wheels but 18-inch alloys are available on higher trims while its 104.3-inch wheelbase is well-suited for tracks. The 4.9-inch ground clearance is adequate for its rally racing demeanor. The rear design of the WRX is kept simple. The design rounds off by quad exhaust tips on the lower fascia. 

Models

2020 Subaru WRX

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,490

3,534

2,906

3,362

Length (in)

180.9

178.5

182.8

184.6

Width (in)

70.7

70.9

70.8

72.0

Height (in)

58.1

55.9

55.5

56.7

Ground Clearance (in)

4.9

6.0

6.7

4.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

106.3

106.3

101.2

The Honda Civic Si has the highest ground clearance for a compact sedan. This simply doesn't imply that it's an off-roader. Despite being the bulkiest, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the fastest compact sedan in its segment. The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sports the shortest wheelbase in this competition. This helps it to burn out quickly during drag races. Some cool exterior highlights are:

  • LED auto high-beam headlamps
  • Halogen DRLs
  • LED fog lamps
  • Exterior entry lights
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Ground effects
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • 17 & 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear lip spoiler

2020 Subaru WRX Safety

8.0/10

Only the CVT-equipped WRX Limited has Subaru's EyeSight system that includes driver-assistance technology- CarAndDriver

The Subaru WRX was well-received by both the safety organizations. It received a five out of five overall safety ratings from NHTSA. Moreover, it was also awarded the Top Safety Pick designation for its excellent crashworthiness. It also received a 'Superior' rating for the front crash prevention and a 'Good' rating for its headlights. 

2020 Subaru WRX NHTSA crash test

There's no doubt that the WRX is a safe vehicle but it does not offer enough standard active safety features for its price. There are many available driver aids categorized under different packages some of which are taken from Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety technologies. The sedan also comes with seven airbags. Some safety features are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning

2020 Subaru WRX Competition

7.0/10

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Athletic yet elegant, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the plushest sedan in the sports compact car segment. Though its power is not that intriguing it’s the uber interior that is the major attraction. Compared to the WRX, the CLA-Class is clearly overpriced but nimble handling, better efficiency, the upmarket interior makes up for the money. The WRX is more athletic and standard AWD gives its legendary rally racing character. If money is not an issue you should not deprive yourself of the amenities of German engineering, otherwise going with the WRX is not bad either.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic Si is the most modest compact sports sedan in terms of price but not in terms of deliverables. In terms of features and power, the Civic stands right into the industry expectations. Compared to the fellow Japanese, the Civic runs low on power and may not be as athletic as the WRX, but its efficiency is bulletproof and roomier inside. The WRX can corner like hell, and accelerate madly but the Civic focuses more on the ease of handling which makes it an ideal family sedan. If you don’t have any intentions of going rally racing or speed like a drag racer then the Civic is your choice.

2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has the highest initial price in this competition. It may be less power full than the WRX but it is agile. Moreover, it has the same athletic handling as the WRX. Its interiors are made of high-quality materials while the cargo space is the best in this segment. The WRX is a better bargain as it offers standard smartphone integration at a lesser price. Known for its driver-assist features, the Beemer offers an array of standard safety features. Therefore, if you want some sportiness with some safety and luxury, the 2 Series Gran Coupe should be your choice. 

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 Subaru WRX Final Verdict

The Subaru WRX is not the type of car your girlfriend approves on first look but the moment you step in and go all Baby Driver, things will fall into the right places. The boxer-4 engine does not offer the best agility but manages to handle the WRX's aggression. In the leu of the economy, the WRX turns out poor which may be a red signal for many. On the other hand, practicality is not the best virtue due to limited cargo volume. As a wholehearted package, Subaru has done a good job with the WRX. You get ample power with a compact, roomy cabin. The competitors may exceed in a few areas but as a package deal, they cannot beat the WRX.

2020 Subaru WRX front driving view

2020 Subaru WRX FAQs

Is the 2020 Subaru WRX fast?

With a 0-60 MPH time of 5.6 seconds, the Subaru WRX is a fast sedan. 

How many miles can the Subaru WRX last?

The Subaru WRX can last up to 300,000 miles, provided it is properly maintained. 

Do Subaru WRX's back seats fold down?

Yes, the rear seats can be folded for hauling larger items. 

Does the Subaru WRX have leather seats?

Leather seats are standard only on the top-most Limited trim. 

Is the Subaru WRX reliable?

With a J.D. Power score of 82, the Subaru WRX is definitely a reliable vehicle. 

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