2019 Subaru WRX And WRX STI Comparison in Redwood City, CA

Subaru is proud to offer not one but two exciting, rally-inspired performance cars: the sport-tuned 2019 Subaru WRX and the track day-ready 2019 Subaru WRX STI. At first glance, they might look quite similar. Indeed they share the exact same sheet metal, chassis and many other features. But looks can be deceiving.

Where the 2019 Subaru WRX is a sporty daily driver, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI is tuned to offer track-ready performance and even more precise handling. Depending on your needs, the 2019 Subaru WRX might provide all the fun you're looking for -- or you might want to step up to the pinnacle of Subaru performance and get the WRX STI. We'll explain exactly what the differences are on this page. Stop by Carlsen Subaru soon to test drive them both!

2019 Subaru WRX And WRX STI Exterior

Engines: 2019 Subaru WRX vs. Subaru WRX STI

Powered by a 2.0L turbocharged BOXER® engine, the 2019 Subaru WRX makes an impressive 268 horsepower. That's enough power to urge it from 0-60 MPH in as little as 5.4 seconds. It comes standard with a fully syncronized close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, or a Sport Lineartronic™ CVT automatic transmission is also available, with paddle shifters for instantaneous transmission response.

Stepping up to the 2019 Subaru WRX STI gets you a 2.5L turbocharged BOXER® engine that's tuned to deliver a whopping 310 horsepower! All that extra power helps the WRX STI move from 0-60 MPH in less than 5 seconds. On this model, an automatic transmission simply isn't available. Instead, you'll be selecting gears with the close-ratio six-speed stick.

Steering/Suspension: 2019 Subaru WRX vs. Subaru WRX STI

What sets the Subaru WRX and WRX STI apart from other performance sedans from lesser brands is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. It's standard on both cars. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is an always-on AWD system that diverts engine power to the wheels with the most grip at any given time. This results in superior handling control on dry pavement, wet pavement, gravel paths and dirt roads.

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2019 Subaru WRX And WRX STI Interior

The 2019 Subaru WRX also provides a sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes and a quick steering ratio for nimble handling. Active Torque Vectoring technology is also standard, which can subtly engage the inside front brake when cornering to reduce the chance of understeer.

When you demand the most thrilling performance possible, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI adds a high-performance brake system by Brembo®, an even quicker steering ratio and the Driver-Controlled Center Differential. Using a dial in the center console, you'll be able to adjust torque distribution between the front and rear wheels for ideal response. Front and rear limited-slip differentials ensure that you've always got the grip you need to get moving.

2019 Subaru WRX And WRX STI Features

Exterior Design: 2019 Subaru WRX vs. Subaru WRX STI

It's easy to tell the 2019 Subaru WRX apart from the 2019 Subaru WRX STI, even at a distance. Where the WRX gets a classy, subtle lip spoiler, the WRX STI features an oversized "whale tail" spoiler -- the calling card of the Subaru WRX STI for years.

Furthermore, the 2019 Subaru WRX comes standard with 17" alloy wheels and halogen headlights. Upgrading to the WRX STI gets you 19" alloy wheels for an imposing look and steering-responsive LED headlights that help you hit the apex of every curve, even at night.

Interior Features: 2019 Subaru WRX vs. Subaru WRX STI

Upgrades like leather upholstery and a 7" touchscreen infotainment display are available on the 2019 Subaru WRX, but those features come totally standard on the 2019 Subaru WRX STI. However, both models come standard with the Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment system, complete with a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ / Android™ Auto compatibility.

For a racecar feel inside and out, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI also offers available Recaro® performance-design seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with red accent stitching. Large side bolsters help keep you securely in place under hard cornering.

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Safety/Driver Assistance: 2019 Subaru WRX vs. Subaru WRX STI

2019 Subaru WRX models equipped with an automatic transmission can also be had with the advanced protection of Subaru EyeSight®! This advanced suite of camera-based driver assist features protects you from rapidly changing traffic conditions through systems like pre-collision automatic braking, dynamic cruise control and lane departure warning.

Because it's only available with a manual transmission, the 2019 Subaru WRX STI doesn't offer such driver assistance. Instead, it's designed with performance in mind, giving skilled and attentive drivers the tools to stay safe on their own.

Carlsen Subaru: Home Of The San Francisco Bay Area's Most Capable Cars And SUVs

While there are plenty of cars that are just good enough for driving on pavement, it takes a Subaru to tackle everything from downtown streets to off-road trails and everything in between. At Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City, we're proud to stock all the latest and greatest Subaru models! When you need something a little tougher, a little stronger and a whole lot safer than the competition, visit our dealership to find the Subaru that's a fit for you and your family. After all, a Subaru is always a great investment -- Subaru was rated the top brand for resale value the past four years by Automotive Lease Guide.

You'll find our showroom at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063. We invite you to come by for a test drive any time! We're confident that one spin behind the wheel of a new Subaru will have you convinced: a Subaru is a better value than its competitors from leading brands like Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

2019 Subaru WRX2019 Subaru WRX STI
$27,195Starting MSRP*$36,595
27 Highway/21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)22 Highway/17 City
258 lb-ftTorque290 lb-ft
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc BrakesBrakesBrembo® Performance Braking System
ClothStandard UpholsteryUltrasuede®/Leather
Not AvailableDriver-Controlled Center DifferentialStandard
Not Available19" Alloy WheelsStandard
Not AvailableDual-Zone Automatic Climate ControlStandard
AvailableLED HeadlightsStandard

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.