2019 WRX vs. WRX STI

Subaru WRX and WRX STI Comparison

Has your mouth been watering over the 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI, but you're still confused about what the difference between the two is, aside from exterior design? Don't fret, the McLaughlin Subaru team of Moline, IL, is here to help. The engine, drivetrain, exterior, interior, and safety features of each model have been reviewed on this page for your convenience. The WRX has a starting MSRP of $27,195, while the WRX STI has a starting MSRP of $36,595.

Always feel free to reach out to a member of our team at (866) 960-7363 with any of your questions.

Power & Handling

The 2019 WRX and WRX STI are both turbocharged small cars with breathtaking performance. Their differences are largely in the power and curb appeal departments.

Engine Comparison

With performance-engineered power underneath the hood of both models, how do you know which engine is right for you? Have a look below to compare the specs of both cars for yourself.

WRX

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WRX STI

2L DOHC turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine

Engine

2.5L DOHC turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine

21/27

MPG (city/hwy)

17/22

268 HP

Horsepower

310 HP

258 lb.-ft.

Torque

290 lb.-ft.

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Drivetrains

Both the 2019 WRX and WRX STI have a fully synchronized 6-speed manual transmission, but the WRX STI provides a close-ratio version of this transmission. The WRX also has an available option of the Sport Lineartronic™ transmission with paddle shifters.

The WRX and WRX STI have standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, traction control systems, and vehicle dynamics control with active torque vectoring. The WRX STI also has an exclusive driver controlled center differential all-wheel drive.

Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE)

Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) has three driving modes: Sport, Sport Sharp, and Push Intelligent. It's standard on the WRX STI but unavailable on the base WRX. SI-DRIVE is available on WRX Premium and WRX Limited trim levels and standard on WRX STI Limited.

Exterior Design

The new WRX and WRX STI are both sporty, suave small cars, but which exterior will appeal to you the most? They each have unique external features that add to their profile and appearance, which are listed below.

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Exterior Features

2019 WRX

  • 17-in. aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Projector low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam halogen headlights
  • Body-color power side mirrors
  • Low profile trunk spoiler

2019 WRX STI

  • 19-in. aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED steering responsive and auto-on/off headlights
  • Body-color power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • STI trunk spoiler

Safety Features

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The 2019 WRX STI and WRX have nearly identical safety specs built to keep you and your crew secure even while taking those tight turns. The main difference is that the WRX STI comes with STARLINK™ Safety and Security, while the WRX does not. The other safety features on both trims are listed below.

  • Electronic cruise control
  • Brake assist
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Daytime running lights
  • Rear-vision camera
  • Whiplash protection front seats with height-adjustable head restraints
  • LATCH system

Interior Comfort

The new WRX and WRX STI both come with aesthetically pleasing, comfortable interiors, but which features do you prefer? The similarities and differences are listed below.

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Interior Features

2019 WRX

  • STARLINK™ 6.5-in. Multimedia
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Dual USB ports
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Performance-design front seats
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching
  • Leather-wrapped shifter handle
  • Cloth upholstery

2019 WRX STI

  • STARLINK™ 7-in. Multimedia Plus
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Dual USB ports
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Performance-design front seats
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback
  • STI-design leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching and audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
  • Leather-wrapped shifter handle
  • Ultrasuede® leather-trimmed upholstery

Should I Get the WRX or WRX STI?

Whether you get the WRX or WRX STI depends on what you want out of a car. Are you seeking a powerful, high-performance car with some extra bells and whistles? Then the WRX STI is for you. Do you want a sporty, turbocharged car with excellent fuel efficiency? That's the WRX. If you have any further questions, you can always reach out to a representative at McLaughlin Subaru at (866) 960-7363.

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