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2020 Subaru STI Updates, Why You Should Wait For The All-New 2021 Model Change

Subaru announces 2020 WRX and WRX STI pricing and model change updates. See why you should wait for the next-generation 2021 STI.


The sport-tuned 2020 Subaru WRX and performance-tuned 2020 WRX STI pricing and model change updates have been announced by the Japanese automaker with few upgrades over the outgoing model. If you are planning on buying one of the performance sedans you might want to wait for the next-generation WRX/STI that will be coming sometime next year.

Subaru Corporation will launch the 2021 WRX and 2021 STI with the Subaru Global Platform that will improve driving dynamics and lower the center of gravity. The models are coming with new exterior design language and possibly a new FA24 2.4-liter turbo engine with improved performance. It will get significant improvements over the outgoing 2020 model and will be worth the wait.

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For now, the WRX and STI get only minor updates for 2020 and both models get no engine upgrades from the previous year. The 2020 model change sees the STI getting standard Keyless Access with Push-Button Start. The WRX STI also adds redesigned engine bay cooling ducts in the front bumper and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in new dark gray with machine finish to finish out the updates.

The WRX STI has a starting price of $36,995, an increase of $400 over last year’s model. The 2.5-liter turbo Boxer engine gets no upgrades and produces the same 310 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 STI Limited is priced at $41,695 (+$300). Destination adds $900 to the price of all models listed.

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The 2020 Subaru WRX also gets minor updates like the STI. The WRX is powered by the same 268 horsepower 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged Boxer engine with no upgrades. The WRX price starts at $27,495, $300 more than last year’s model. Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now standard on WRX models with Sport Lineartronic CVT.

The 2020 WRX Premium starts at $29,795 (+$300) and when equipped with the Sport Lineartronic CVT, which includes SI-DRIVE and Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, the price is $31,695.

The optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium ($2,850) gets brake upgrades for 2020. The package now includes Brembo four-piston calipers on the front and Brembo dual-piston calipers on the rear. The Performance Package is available with the 6-speed manual transmission.

The WRX Limited starts at $32,095 (+$300) and WRX Limited with available Sport Lineartronic CVT is priced at $33,995 and includes SI-DRIVE and Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

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The mildly updated 2020 Subaru WRX and 2020 WRX STI will arrive at Subaru showrooms this fall, but you might want to wait for the next-generation WRX/STI that will be coming next year. Stay tuned.

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Stephen (not verified)    September 3, 2019 - 12:38AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

I bought my current 2017 WRX because of the issues with the EJ257. After what they pulled with the RA motor telling everyone it was the fix for the EJ257 problems. Then when someone ordered a brand new RA long block and and measures and compared all the part that Subaru claimed they had, and that the new parts were much stronger. Everything was the exact same, and the parts were still cast, not forged. Subaru never addressed this when they were called out for it. They could have easily fixed the issues with their rings going out, then of course the piston and rod followed. The reason their rings were failing is because the oil pump wasn't flowing enough oil to protect the rings up to red line. Essentially starving the motor for oil at higher RPM's.

Andrew (not verified)    January 5, 2020 - 11:38AM

Will purchase the last generation WRX Sti. Love the real Hydraulic Steering which is superior to electric in feel and handling. The 2.5 liter EJ Motor has port injection which is better in keeping the valves from carbon buildup and the Ascent is already having engine problems with carbon build. The analog feel of the 2020 Sti is great and old school feel. It handles fantastic and parts and mods are all available for the older engine and proven reliability. Possibly the use of a timing chain in the new engine is a plus. The new body style for 2021 could be terrible and from what I see it looks to be to busy.

Johnnie de Jong (not verified)    January 26, 2020 - 10:47AM

i just bought a brand new 2020 sti sport last thursday. the redesigned STI with the FA motor will NOT be out until 2022. 2021 is the FA WRX. so if your holding out for a FA sti you will be waiting 2 years min.

JC (not verified)    April 27, 2020 - 4:20PM

In reply to by Johnnie de Jong (not verified)

The redesigned STI should be out in 2021 in the JDM, they just stopped receiving orders for their STI and officially retired the EJ20. USDM however, I agree won't see a new sti till 2022 MY.