What Are the Differences Between the Subaru Impreza vs. WRX? (2020, 2019)

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Subaru WRX: Differences in Moline, IL

The 2021 Subaru WRX and 2021 Subaru Impreza are both cars crafted with precision handling and practical convenience features. For 2021, the Subaru Impreza now includes Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) on Impreza Premium trims and higher, while the Subaru WRX now has keyless access with push-button start on WRX Premium. For other Impreza and WRX similarities and differences, view the following guide put together by the McLaughlin Subaru team.

If you have decided the 2021 Subaru WRX or 2021 Subaru Impreza are right for you, view our Impreza models for sale and our WRX models for sale in Moline, IL. Then, pair your favorite model with an Impreza offer or WRX offer. If you have any questions, please reach out through our online form or by phone at (866) 960-7363.

The 2021 Subaru Impreza Sedan starts at $18,795 MSRP, while the 2021 Subaru WRX has a starting MSRP of $27,495.

2021 Subaru Impreza vs. 2021 Subaru WRX

Make a statement to your family, friends, and passerby in either the 2020 Subaru WRX or 2020 Subaru Impreza. What are the differences between the 2020 Subaru Impreza and 2020 Subaru WRX, though? The Impreza comes in both a hatchback - five-door - style and a sedan style, while the WRX is solely a sedan. Additionally, the Impreza has one standard engine, while the WRX has two engine options. They also each offer distinctive interior, exterior, and safety designs showcases in the page below.

After reading through this extensive 2020 Impreza vs. 2020 WRX guide, have a look at the special offers available through McLaughlin Subaru. Check out our Impreza and WRX inventories in Moline, IL, to find your favorite model. If you have any questions, please either contact us online or by phone at (866) 960-7363.

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Trim Options

2020 WRX in red

WRX

Starting at $28,395 MSRP

2020 WRX Premium in blue

WRX Premium

Starting at $28,395 MSRP

2020 WRX Limited in silver

WRX Limited

Starting at $32,995 MSRP

2020 WRX STI in Dark Gray

WRX STI

Starting at $37,895 MSRP

2020 WRX STI Limited in black

WRX STI Limited

Starting at $42,595 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza in Dark Blue

Impreza Sedan

Starting at $18,695 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza 5 door in Blue

Impreza Five-door

Starting at $19,195 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Premium in Black

Impreza Premium Sedan

Starting at $22,095 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Premium 5-door in gray

Impreza Premium Five-door

Starting at $22,595 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Sport 5 door in light Blue

Impreza Sport Five-door

Starting at $22,895 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Sport in gray

Impreza Sport Sedan

Starting at $23,495 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Limited in Red

Impreza Limited Sedan

Starting at $25,795 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza Limited 5 door in white

Impreza Limited Five-door

Starting at $26,295 MSRP

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Performance & Handling

Both the 2020 Subaru Impreza and WRX feature innovative and unique Subaru-specific performance systems. These are known as Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. SI-DRIVE gives drivers both sporty handling and efficient fuel economy estimates. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is standard across both models and gives you the ability to navigate inclement weather scenarios.

The transmission you receive will depend on which model's trim package you select. The standard 2020 Impreza is matched with a fully synchronized five-speed manual transmission. If you pick a higher level Impreza trim, you will instead get a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission. The 2020 WRX is standardly paired with a fully synchronized six-speed manual transmission.

For the standard Impreza and WRX engine specs, read through the following information.

2020 Subaru Model Impreza WRX
Engine 2.0L SUBARU BOXER® 2.0L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER®
Horsepower 152 HP
268 HP
Torque 145 lb.-ft.
258 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/hwy) 28/36
21/27

WRX STI

The 2020 WRX STI models upgrade driving power and prowess to spirited new heights. When you select a WRX STI, you receive a 2.5L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine and high-performance STI sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension, both of which combine to make lively handling a reality. You can discover the WRX STI engine specs in the following information.

Engine 2.5L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER®
Horsepower 310 HP
Torque 290 lb.-ft.
MPG (city/hwy) 17/22
Transmission Fully synchronized close-ratio six-speed manual transmission

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Interior

The 2020 Subaru WRX and Impreza both impress with their unique interior accommodations.

Impreza 2020 Subaru Impreza interior showing front dash
  • Six-way power driver's seat
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Automatic climate control system
  • STARLINK® 8-in. Multimedia Plus
  • Sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • Heated front seats
  • Power auto-up/auto-down front windows
WRX 2020 Subaru WRX interior seating
  • Leather-wrapped shifter handle
  • Power auto-up/auto-down front windows
  • Ten-way power driver's seat 
  • Power tilt/sliding glass moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Recaro® performance-design front seats
  • STARLINK® 7-in. Multimedia Navigation 
  • Harman Kardon® speaker system with nine speakers
  • STI-designed leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching
  • Ultrasuede®/leather-trimmed upholstery

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Exterior Design

Admire sporty and sleek lines on both of these 2020 Subaru models. The Impreza comes in both a hatchback and sedan style, while the WRX is only available as a sedan.

Impreza 2020 Subaru Impreza in blue and hatchback in gray parked in parking lot with beach in the background
  • Trunk spoiler
  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Roof spoiler
  • Raised roof rails
  • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Single exhaust outlet with stainless tip
  • Daytime running lights
WRX 2020 WRX in silver driving on on dirt road
  • Exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • STI trunk spoiler
  • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Safety Features

Keep yourself and loved ones safe and secure in either the 2020 Subaru Impreza or WRX.

Impreza 2020 Subaru Impreza in white driving on highway showing turch in the onther lane
  • High beam assist
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • Blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Keyless access with push-button start and PIN-code access
  • Incline start assist
  • Rear vision camera
  • Brake assist
  • Brake override system
  • Electronic cruise control
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
WRX 2020 WRX in white parked on dirt road with rog behind it
  • Rear vision camera
  • Brake assist
  • Keyless access with push-button start and PIN-code access
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
  • Blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Anti-theft security system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Vehicle dynamics control
  • Traction control system

2020 Subaru Impreza vs. 2020 Subaru WRX
Awards & Accolades

Explore the awards that the WRX and Impreza have earned in the following list.

  • IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award for the 2020 Subaru Impreza
  • NHTSA Five-Star Overall Safety Rating for the 2020 Subaru Impreza
  • IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award for the 2020 Subaru WRX

2019 Subaru Impreza vs. 2019 Subaru WRX

Find Your Next Sedan

Have you been searching for a new Subaru sedan equipped to satisfy your desire for impressive performance and unmatched comfort? Both the 2019 Subaru Impreza and the 2019 WRX offer unique features that will make your daily drive an event to look forward to. In order to help you decide between these two capable Subaru sedans, the team at McLaughlin Subaru in Moline, IL has created the following page. If you have initial questions before reading further, contact our dealership by calling (866) 960-7363.

Performance and Handling

What are your expectations when it comes to performance? While the 2019 Impreza and WRX offer the same engine size, performance and efficiency is vastly different between the two. If fuel efficiency is most important to you, then the 2019 Subaru Impreza is the better option because it offers up to 38 MPG highway. If you want superior acceleration and speed, consider the 2019 Subaru WRX. Complete engine information for both models can be found in the table below.

2019 Subaru Impreza

Vs.

2019 Subaru WRX

2.0L I4

Engine

2.0L I4

152 HP

Horsepower

268 HP

145 lb.-ft.

Torque

258 lb.-ft.

28/38

MPG city/highway

21/27

WRX STI

The 2019 Subaru WRX STI is powered by a 2.5L I4 engine that produces an impressive 310 HP and 290 lb.-ft. of torque.The WRX STI is equipped with a fully-synchronized close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and the Subaru Intelligent Drive system.

Exterior

Do you want to make a statement on the road behind the wheel of your new Subaru? The 2019 Subaru WRX is only available in a sedan body style, while the 2019 Impreza has both sedan and 5-door styles available. Both models include standard halogen headlights. However they differ when it comes to wheel size, with the WRX boasting 17-in. wheels, and the Impreza featuring 16-in. wheels. Additional exterior design differences include:

Red 2019 Subaru Impreza exterior view driving down road

2019 Subaru Impreza

  • Black folding side mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Roof crossbar mounting points
  • Roof spoiler
White 2019 Subaru WRX exterior view parked outside

2019 Subaru WRX

  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • Front and rear under spoilers
  • Trunk spoiler
  • Body-color power side mirrors
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof

Interior Design and Comfort

When it comes to interior and comfort, there are a number of differences between the 2019 Subaru Impreza and 2019 Subaru WRX you should be aware of. Both models offer standard 6-way manually adjustable front seats, but only the WRX includes available leather-trimmed seating. Key features for both models have been highlighted in the following table.

2019 Subaru Impreza interior dashboard

2019 Subaru Impreza

  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth-trimmed upholstery
  • Manually-adjustable climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • Sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching
2019 Subaru WRX interior dashboard

2019 Subaru WRX

  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth-trimmed upholstery
  • Manually-adjustable climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • Sport cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching

Safety Features

Whether you select the 2019 Subaru Impreza or the 2019 WRX, you'll have peace of mind knowing the latest safety features are keeping you protected. Both models include Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and Brake Assist. However, there are a number of differences you should know about, which have been highlighted below.

2019 Subaru Impreza

2019 Subaru WRX

  • Brake Override System
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • STARLINK Safety and Security™
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind Spot Detection with rear cross traffic alert
2019 Subaru Impreza driving down road

Awards and Accolades

Subaru models are notorious for receiving an abundance of awards each year, and the 2019 Impreza and WRX are no exception. Regardless of which model you choose, you'll have the reliability and longevity of the Subaru brand giving you total confidence. Top awards and accolades for both models have been listed below.

2019 Subaru Impreza

2019 Subaru WRX

  • 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Retains its value better than any other vehicle in its class, according to ALG
  • Longest-lasting vehicle in its class
  • 96-percent of Subaru Impreza cars sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today
  • 5-star overall vehicle score from the NHTSA
  • Best-selling all-wheel drive car in America for the past 10 years
  • Largest passenger volume in its class
  • One of the 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Vehicles under $25,000 for 2019 by Kelley Blue Book
  • 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Retains its value better than any other vehicle in its class, according to ALG
  • Longest-lasting turbocharged vehicle in its class
  • Fastest-growing vehicle in its class over the past 10-years
2019 Subaru WRX driving in sand
 

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