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