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The Subaru WRX Is Faster From 0-60 MPH Than 10 New Sports Cars, Slower Than 3

If you buy any sports car, you want to go fast. Check out the 2020 Subaru WRX 0-60 mph time compared with 12 other sports cars.

The 2020 Subaru WRX is designed for traction on all surfaces and going fast in the curves. How does it do in a straight line from 0-60 mph? A new study of vehicles with the best combination of fuel economy and acceleration shows the 2020 Subaru WRX is faster from 0-60 miles per hour than ten sports cars and roadsters. And it's only slower than three.

Consumer Reports (by subscription) didn't test the Subaru WRX STI because this study was about fuel-efficiency and acceleration, not pure speed. The milder WRX uses the smaller 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged Boxer engine (23 combined mpg) versus the 2.5-liter engine in the STI (19 combined mpg.)

2020 Subaru WRX features, specs, pricing

How fast is the Subaru WRX?

The 268 horsepower Subaru WRX will launch from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds. That's faster than the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club (6.7 seconds), Honda Civic Si (7.3), Fiat 124 Spider Lusso (7.1), Mini Cooper S (7.0), Subaru BRZ/Toyota86 (7.2), Volkswagen GTI Autobahn (6.6), Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec (7.0), Audi TT 2.0T (6.3), and the Ford Mustang Premium 2.3T (6.4).

The Subaru WRX is slower than three models tested by CR. The BMW M235i takes 5.2 seconds from 0-60, the Toyota Supra Premium comes in 4.6 seconds from 0-60 mph, and the Porsche 718 Boxter is fastest at 4.4 seconds from 0-60 mph.

2020 Subaru WRX features, specs, pricing

What does the Subaru WRX cost compared with the faster sports cars?

Consumer Reports didn't measure the best value in sports cars, but how does the WRX compare in price? The 2020 WRX Premium trim starts at $29,795. The faster BMW M235i has a starting MSRP of $45,500, the all-new Toyota Supra Premium starts at $42,990, and the Porsche 718 Boxter begins at $62,000.

The Subaru WRX is the only sports car among the cars tested with standard all-wheel-drive. It's what sets the sports-tuned model apart from the competition.

For power, price, and fuel-efficiency, the 2020 Subaru WRX is still the best performance sports car value on the planet. It's why it's outselling all compact sports cars, including the new Chevrolet Corvette. Check it out below.

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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 and the founder of 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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joe (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 1:39PM

Everything I've read suggest the 2020 WRX manual goes 0-60 in 5.2 seconds. I've never seen anyone report it at 6.0. Is that maybe the CVT version?

Some of the other makse/models you list dont seem right either

Snyper (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 2:01PM

Not sure where that data came from. The rooster turbo is under 5.5 seconds easily. The wrx is faster than 6.0 as well maybe the elevation played a part and or they didn't turn off traction control . Bone stock genesis coupe a 3.8 NA are low 5'sand even seen a few below 5 at 4.8 ish

dc (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 3:03PM

I drive a 2013 V6 boringly mundane Camry non-enthusiast auto appliance that will reach 0-60 in 5.8sec. It does get marginally exciting when I pull up next to a WRX at a stop light though.

Soveliss (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 4:04PM

Uh.. what? Most of the times of the slower vehicles and the WRX are off by about half a second unless you're at altitude.

phil (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 4:25PM

A couple of key details:
1. are the WRX 0 - 60 times posted with a manual tranny or auto(CVT) I'm guessing the CVT. The new Crosstrek with it's 2.5L engine is fasted in auto mode with it's CVT
2. The $29K price WRX is real tough to find - availabiity issues. Most are in the $32 - $35K range which conpared to the comp prices you list, is still a good deal though I'm not so sure I'd consider a WRX base model to a Porsche Boxter if one had that kind of money to spend. Porsche all the way, sorry!

Dan (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 7:07PM

The Kia Stinger destroys the WRX and does so with complete ease, for the same money. And yes, it also has AWD, a nicer cockpit, more room, bigger trunk/hatch and a better warranty. And last but not least, is a better looking car and value in almost every way.

Nadim (not verified)    January 14, 2021 - 10:46AM

In reply to by Dan (not verified)

The Kia comes in at 45 k CAD while the WRX is around 30 k CAD. Sure by 2018, the stinger had a 4.7 0-60 time but the new 2021 wrx is under 4.6 seconds so there. I also drive a 4.7 sec car, the 2009 wrx and it only cost me 10 k

Jd.M. (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 7:49PM

The v6 accord 4dr still has the wrx beat with a 5.7s 0-60. I mean this article was not written well at all. These cars can't compare, even the Honda accord 2.0T is missing. You can't compare a wrx to a stock civic c'mon.

Vinny (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 8:29PM

No mention of the currently unavailable elephant in the room? The Golf R will smoke all of them except Porsche, and at $37K-39K it fits right in.
But also not a sports car.......

CunningLinguist69 (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 9:56PM

Way to ignore the Civic Type R, the Stinger or the Veloster N. To have the Civic Si but not the Type R and to have the Veloster Turbo but not the N, they don't even cost that much over the WRX, heck the N is probably cheaper. And don't say the Stinger isn't a sports car. Four doors, AWD, over 200 horsepower (350+ on the top trims), it qualifies the same way the WRX qualifies. And if you argue about the size, the Mustang is pretty much the same length and width, just a bit lighter.

Jason (not verified)    September 14, 2020 - 8:40AM

In reply to by CunningLinguist69 (not verified)

The civic type r and golf r are actually more comparable to the sti. Remember this is not the top of the line wrx. Have to compare apples to apples not apples to oranges. That being said there are some cars in the same class being missed here such as the Nissan 370z, etc.

Mitchg (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 11:15PM

Older WRXs are faster lol, I can’t believe they made it slower when they took away the 2.5. My 2011 wrx is sub 5 out the box and with extras mid 4s

Jakoff hardr (not verified)    September 10, 2020 - 12:00AM

Agreed, these numbers are incorrect!
You also forgot the Golf R & Focus RS (yes, I know the RS is not made anymore!), But these would be it's closest competition.

Tom Smith (not verified)    September 10, 2020 - 8:51AM

Ok, Subaru Fan boys here at Wrongnews!! the 2020 Audi TT 2.0t goes 0-60 in 5.2 sec. STOP POSTING BOGUS SHIT!!! This is worse than CNN. You should be FIRED!!

Ryan Styles (not verified)    September 13, 2020 - 10:24AM

I'm pretty sure no study was requires for this. I could have put most of these cars I. The correct order off the top of my head. Of course a boosted 2.3 beats out an NA 2.0. But weird flex on the faster cars. Who is suprised that a 62K Porches beats a STI? Where are the Mustang and Camero numbers? Is a 235i really a sports car?

Who ever write this article deserves a participation award, and a box of oatmeal raisin cookies that are labeled chocolat chip.

Joe Mama (not verified)    September 14, 2020 - 10:34AM

All of these cars will all disappear. Electric cars are faster, cost less to use and maintain. The brands that don't adopt EV will go out if business...

Jimmy P (not verified)    September 14, 2020 - 11:34PM

Where the hell did you go to get these 0-60 numbers? Almost all of these are off. Even the wrx does 60 under 6.