Subaru WRX vs Subaru STi

Which one should you buy?
Planet's Four Minute Comparison Video

Planet's Executive summary:
With 578 horsepower between the two of them, you can't go wrong.  For under $30,000, you can drive the Subaru WRX, a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive performance car, respected the world over.  If you have approximately $8,000 more, you can buy the STi--a WRX on steroids.  For the extra money, you get a bigger engine with more power, an even more sophisticated suspension, and many other upgrades.    

What are the differences?

Subaru WRX
Subaru STi

Engines and Power

Both use intercooled, four cylinder, turbocharged Boxer engines with direct fuel injection and Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System. 

268 horsepower
258 lb.-ft torque

310 horsepower
290 lb.-ft torque


Six Speed

Sport Lineartronic CVT
with stepped manual and
automatic shift modes
controlled with steering
wheel paddle switches. 

Six Speed

Not available

0-60 Time and Top Speed

Manual:  5.2 seconds
Automatic:  5.7 seconds

Top Speed:  155 mph
    Manual:  4.8 seconds

Top Speed:  174 mph

Rear Spoiler
Subaru says the park bench on STi adds 3mph to top speed and increases stability at high speeds.  STi can be ordered with the WRX lip spoiler.


Not subtle


STi also gets huge
Brembo brakes.


Driver Controlled Center Differential

Rally drivers will appreciate controlling their fore/aft torque. 

not available, so no switch

Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), a throttle management system, allows driver to choose from among three selectable modes: "Intelligent," "Sport" and "Sport Sharp."

Available only on CVT
version.  Switch is
steering wheel mounted
 (not shown on this
six speed).


Standard.  Switch found
in center console with
DCCD.  See close-up
picture above.


Double Wishbone lateral link
with pillow-ball bushings

trut-type with aluminum lower
L-arm with pillow-ball joints.

  Double wishbone lateral link
with pillow-ball bushings

Inverted strut, aluminum L-arm
with pillow-ball joints


WRX starts around $28,000

See pricing and models.
STi starts at $37,000

See pricing and models.
Dynamic Brochures
Video, glossy photos, and spec listings worthy of an eye chart.



Video walkaround of this generation

Subaru WRX Limited Photo Gallery.  Click to enlarge.


Subaru STi Limited Photo Gallery.  Click to enlarge.

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What is the difference between the Subaru WRX and the Subaru STI?  You'll find out when you visit Boston's favorite Mass dealer, Planet Subaru!
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