Aging Subaru WRX Needs An Overhaul Before It’s Left Behind, Hyundai Veloster N Is On Top
If you are looking for the best sports car, Forbes says its the Hyundai Veloster N. Hyundai is making a big splash in the sports car segment and the new Veloster N is impressing everyone. They just named the Hyundai Veloster N as the “Best Affordable Sports Car of 2019.” They ran it against the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Nissan 370Z, BMW M2, Toyota 86, Honda Civic Si, and Subaru WRX, and they picked the Hyundai Veloster N the winner hands down.
Forbes likes Veloster for its aggressive handling, excellent braking, and overall value. Even though it has a quirky third door, it’s a hatchback body style that is getting attention. It’s in stark contrast to the Subaru WRX sedan that’s badly in need of a complete overhaul. Forbes also shot down the 2019 Subaru WRX STI putting it on the top-ten cars in America to avoid buying list.
Subaru can’t catch a break
Here is Forbes’ ranking from best to last in the compact sports cars segment. Hyundai Veloster N, Volkswagen GTI, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Toyota 86, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Si. Forbes says, “During controlled track laps” the hot hatch impressed them over these other sports cars. They even picked the Toyota 86 ahead of the Subaru WRX.
They say, “Veloster, with an overall value under $30,000 beats every other similarly-equipped hot hatch.” The other “hot hatches” they tested against were the Civic Si and the Volkswagen GTI. All the other sports cars are coupes and one sedan, the WRX.
The 2019 Subaru WRX still gets high marks for its all-wheel-drive capability, affordability ($27,195), 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine, and rally-bred driving dynamics. The WRX is also popular for its many aftermarket modification options. One thing that’s missing is a 5-door hatchback body style.
The current-generation 2019 Subaru WRX is getting old and needs a complete redesign. Subaru Corp isn’t expected to bring the new-generation WRX/STI until 2020 as a 2021 model. If Subaru wants to keep up with the newest sports cars like the Veloster N, they better keep the sport-tuned sedan fresh. If Subaru Corp doesn’t keep the WRX moving forward it could get farther behind in the compact sports car race.
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