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Is The 2021 Subaru WRX Your Best Sports Car Pick? 2 New Awards Say Yes

The 2021 Subaru WRX arrives soon and just picked up another top award. Check out where it excels among all sports cars.

The sport-tuned 2021 Subaru WRX performance car arrives in March with a new award for its trophy cabinet. The 2021 Subaru WRX earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Why should sports car enthusiasts care about a safety award?

Performance car buyers don't usually think of safety when they purchase a compact sports car, but you'll be glad if you are ever in an accident. The 2021 Subaru WRX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick winner for its superior front crash prevention. But it also gets the highest marks in other areas.

2021 Subaru WRX, 2021 Subaru WRX STI pricing, features

The 2021 Subaru WRX gets top scores for crashworthiness in its driver-side, passenger-side, moderate overlap front, roof strength, headrest, and seats. It also gets the highest rating for headlights (when equipped with LED steering responsive headlights).

How does the 2021 WRX compare with the VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type R? Neither sports car gets an IIHS safety pick award. The Subaru brand and WRX come out on top for overall safety performance and is best-in-class. The Hyundai Veloster also gets a Top Safety Pick award.

2021 Subaru WRX, 2021 Subaru WRX STI pricing, features

Why doesn't the 2021 Subaru WRX STI get the same award?

The IIHS did not test the performance-tuned 2021 Subaru WRX STI. The STI comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, and models equipped with EyeSight and a CVT automatic transmission are tested. Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology is not compatible with a manual gearbox.

Both 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get another award

ALG says the 2021 Subaru WRX and WRX STI retain their value better than any vehicle in its class. That's good news if you are buying a 2021 WRX or STI. The two sports cars project to retain the highest percentage of their value after three years.

The good news is, you can buy a 2021 Subaru WRX or STI this year and trade it in on the next-generation performance car within three years. The car won't drop like a rock and will retain the highest resale value.

What is the price of the 2021 WRX and STI?

The 2021 WRX comes in base 6-speed manual priced at $28,420, Premium 6MT ($30,970), Premium CVT ($32,870), Limited 6MT ($33,020), and Limited CVT ($34,920). Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925).

The 2021 WRX STI comes in base trim starting at $38,170, and WRX STI Limited with Wing or low profile trunk spoiler are priced from $42,870. Pricing includes destination and delivery ($925).

Are there discounts or special pricing on the 2021 WRX and STI?

Subaru will likely offer 0.9 percent financing on 2021 WRX and $325/month on a 36-month lease. Subaru retailers sell every STI model they get now, so look for the 2021 models to also be in high demand. There won't be any special pricing or discounts on the 2021 Subaru WRX or STI performance models even before the next-generation remodels arrive.

If you buy a 2021 Subaru WRX or STI, you'll get the best crash protection of any compact sports car. The two models are also best-in-class at retaining their value.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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