2020 Subaru WRX

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2020 Subaru WRX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Automotive Journalist Updated on: December 6, 2019


All the Subaru cars can be broadly divided into 2 categories. First, the “Volume Models” that have a 5 year cycle period and then they get refreshed. The Outback and the Forester are the best examples of this category of cars. Then comes the Subaru “Boutique” cars such as the WRX and the BRZ, which gets a refresh every 7th or 8th year. The 1st generation of WRX lasted for 6 years, from 2002 when it was first introduced till 2007. The 2nd generation lasted for 7 years. The 2020 Subaru WRX belongs to the 3rd generation which was introduced in 2015. The WRX, however, got a minor refresh in 2018.

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Pros

Excellent Handling

Powerful engine

Standard AWD

Both manual transmission and CVT are available

Aggressive pricing

Cons

Restricted rear-seat legroom

Small cargo space

Fuel economy lesser than the competitors

What's New?

Optional Sport Lineartronic CVT

The upgraded Performance package for the Premium Trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27495

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.2/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3294 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

ev range

333.9 mi.

highway range

429.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Subaru WRX 3 Quarter View  2020 Subaru WRX Left Side View  2020 Subaru WRX Left Side View  2020 Subaru WRX Front View  2020 Subaru WRX Right Side View
Interior
 2020 Subaru WRX Front Seats  2020 Subaru WRX Steering Wheel  2020 Subaru WRX interior  2020 Subaru WRX Seating Layout  2020 Subaru WRX Steering Wheel

Styles

 2020 Subaru WRX in Crystal White Pearl color  2020 Subaru WRX in Ice Silver Metallic color  2020 Subaru WRX in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2020 Subaru WRX in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Crystal White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Interior

8.2

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Subaru WRX Base

Base

power
268hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$27,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $27,495 MSRP (21/23/27) 268hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, premium unleaded
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 Subaru WRX Premium

Premium

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$29,795 - $31,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr AWD Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $29,795 MSRP (21/23/27) 268hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, premium unleaded
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,695 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

 2020 Subaru WRX Limited

Limited

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$32,095 - $33,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr AWD Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $32,095 MSRP (21/23/27) 268hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, flat 4, premium unleaded
6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $33,995 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2020 Subaru WRX is pretty much the same car as its predecessor. The 2L turbocharged 4 cylinder Boxer engine makes its reappearance for the year 2020. However, the new WRX gets an optional Sport Lineartronic CVT which was absent in the last year’s WRX. The optional Performance package available for the Premium trim now adds Recaro driver’s seat which is 8-way power-adjustable. The brakes are also upgraded to Brembo four-piston calipers in the front and Brembo Dual-piston calipers on the rear. 

The latest Subaru WRX locks horn with the likes of Nissan Altima Platinum VC turbo, Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, and Ford Focus Titanium.

2020 Subaru WRX Angular Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Angular Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Angular Rear View
2020 Subaru WRX Angular Rear View

 
 
 

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Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Subaru WRX Features

The 2020 Subaru WRX is segregated into 3 trim levels for the year 2020, which are WRX, Premium, and Limited. The WRX will cost you $27,495 while the Premium is priced as $29,795. The top of the line Limited trim will set you back by $32,095.

Trim

WRX

WRX Premium

WRX Limited

MSRP

$27,495

$29,795

$32,095

Key Features

Track-tuned suspension

18-inch alloy wheels

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security

 

Symmetrical AWD

Available power tilt/sliding moonroof

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

 

268-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine

All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 

6-speed manual transmission

Available Sport Lineartronic transmission

10-way power driver's seat

 

Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring

Available Performance Package

Available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

 

SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration

Available GPS navigation system

     

Power-tilt/sliding moonroof

All trims of the 2020 WRX are powered by a 268-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There is also an option for a CVT. Features such as AWD, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Torque Vectoring and a track-tuned suspension are standard across all trim. You will have to move up the trim ladder to get features such as a Power-tilt/sliding moonroof, a 10-way power driver's seat and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the Premium trim equipped with the available performance package that adds Recaro driver’s seat which is 8-way power-adjustable and Brembo brakes. 

2020 Subaru WRX Engine

Subaru is a master in building Boxer engines and along with Porsche, are the only car manufacturers that still use a Flat engine in its cars. The Boxer engines have considerably more torque as compared to its Inline counterparts and are much better in dissipating heat. 

The turbocharged 4 cylinder Boxer under the hood of the 2020 WRX churns out 268 hp @ 5600rpm

The turbocharged 4 cylinder Boxer under the hood of the 2020 WRX churns out 268 hp @ 5600rpm and has a maximum torque output of 258 lb/ft @ 2000rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which is rare in this day and age. The manual transmission lets the driver have total control over the power output and handling of the car. Since the WRX is a performance-oriented sedan, we understand and appreciate Subaru’s decision to go ahead with the manual transmission. There is also an option for a Sport Lineartronic CVT for those who do not like the manual transmission box. 

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

MSRP

$32,095

$35,180

$33,020

$35,335

Engine

2L Turbocharged 4 cylinder Subaru Boxer 

2.0L Variable Compression Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

6 Speed Manual

Continuously Variable 

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic 

Horsepower (hp)

268 hp@ 5600 rpm

248@ 5600rpm

245@6000rpm

245@5500rpm

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

258@ 2000rpm

273@4000rpm

260@1350rpm

275@3000rpm

*2019 Model year Figures used for comparison purposes only

The WRX has the most powerful engine in the pack as evident from the table. The turbocharged Inline 4 of the Altima produces 248 hp @ 5600rpm and the torque output maxes out at 273 lb/ft @ 4000rpm. 

How fast is this car?

The 2020 Subaru WRX is the fastest car in the lot. The Boxer powering the WRX lets this car do 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds. That’s easily the fastest timing in the segment and on par with some of the German cars that comes with a price tag almost double to that of the WRX. This sports sedan can also complete a quarter-mile drag race in just 13.7 seconds.

2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Rear View
The Boxer powering the WRX lets this car do 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds.

The standard AWD system is a huge contributor to enhancing the acceleration of the WRX. 

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

0-60 MPH(sec)

5.2

5.9

7.4

6.8

Quarter mile(sec)

13.7

14.6

15.3

15.1

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

9.3

5.6

6.8

7.1

However, if you opt for the CVT, the acceleration of the WRX takes a slight hit with 0-60mph timing of close to 6 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds. The WRX is followed by the Altima in second place with a 0-60mph timing of 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile timing of 14.6 seconds. 

How's the braking performance?

Not just acceleration, the 2020 WRX is also the champion in terms of braking. The WRX comes with standard 4 ventilated disc brakes and brake assist.

2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Brakes
The 2020 WRX is also the champion in terms of braking

The standard brake override system also makes sure that if the accelerator and the brake pedal are pushed simultaneously, the application of the accelerator is cut out to stop unintentional acceleration.

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

Brake Front (in.)

12.4

11.65

12

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.3

11.50

11.2

11.9

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

116

118

116

The WRX can come to a complete stop from 60 mph in just 112 feet, which is the shortest distance in the segment. Apart from the efficient braking system, the curb weight of the 2020 WRX also plays a huge role in ensuring the proper braking performance of the car. At 3294 lbs, the WRX is one of the lightest cars in the segment and hence the WRX will have comparatively lower momentum than a heavier car moving at the same speed. 

How fun to drive is this car?

The handling of the WRX always had polarizing reception among the masses. While a section of the folks loves the sporty nature of the car, others complain about its difficulty in daily driving. The handling of the 2020 Subaru WRX is no different from its predecessors. 

​​2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front View
The handling of the 2020 Subaru WRX is no different from its predecessors. 

The sport-tuned suspension means the sporty and athletic handling of the WRX is better suited to handle sharp turns of a race track than override the bumps on the way to your office. Active Torque Vectoring works in tandem with VDC applying braking power to the inside front wheel, resulting in sharper turn-in, more neutral steering, and higher cornering limits when turning. 

Don’t rule out the WRX as a daily driver just yet. The CVT ensures a linear power delivery and adjustable center differential allows the driver to further fine-tune the chassis by varying the drivetrain's front-to-rear torque split. The electronically assisted steering wheel is also quick to respond and offers very good feedback in city driving conditions. While we agree that the WRX is not the best family daily driver, it’s an excellent daily driver for an enthusiast. 

2020 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy

All the extra power and the sporty handling of the 2020 WRX reflects on its fuel economy. The WRX with manual transmission has a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. It will get you 21 miles for a gallon of gas in the city and 27 miles on the highway. 

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

MPG (city)

21

25

23

21

MPG (highway)

27

34

32

31

MPG (combined)

23

29

26

25

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

15.9

16.2

18.5

16.5

Range City/Hwy (Miles)

334/430

405/551

426/592

347/512

If you choose to opt for the available CVT, the fuel economy will further go down with figures of 18 MPG for the city and 24 MPG for the highway. The Nissan Altima has the best fuel economy in the pack with a combined figure of 29 MPG.

 

2020 Subaru WRX Interior

8.2/10

The 2020 WRX has a cabin that is more spacious than you’d expect and can accommodate 5 passengers. All trims get a sport type front seat that is 8-way power-adjustable. The performance package available for the Premium trim adds track-ready Recaro bucket seats which have extra bolstering than the regular ones. The lower seating position accounts for an indulgent driving experience. Thin pillars add to the roominess of the cabin apart from offering a great view of the road. 

The 2020 WRX has a cabin that is more spacious than you’d expect and can accommodate 5 passengers

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.0/58.2/43.8

40.4/ 57.9/ 45.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

Second row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/54.2/35.4

36.7/57.1/35.2

38.0/56.5/ 35.6

37.8/56.9/38.3

The rear seats offer enough space for two adults. The lower seating position might be an issue for some as ingress and egress into and from the cabin need some effort. Also, you have to do with cloth upholstery apart from the top of the line Limited trim which gets leather-appointed seats. 

What's there to entertain you?

The base trim of the WRX comes with a 6.5’’ touchscreen while the top two trims are equipped with a 7’’ touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all trims which ensures seamless connectivity of your smartphone with the car. The UI of the Subaru’s infotainment system has a striking resemblance with an android phone home screen.

2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Infotainment System
The base trim of the WRX comes with a 6.5’’ touchscreen while the top two trims are equipped with a 7’’ touchscreen

The WRX with a standard 6 speaker system, however, there is an option for upgrading to 8 Harman Kardon speakers which delivers excellent audio output with perfect balance.

How much stuff can it store?

The 2020 WRX has a default cargo space of 12 cubic feet which is smaller than the most cars in the segment. While it can handle your daily needs, you will definitely run out of space during a weekend trip or a cross country journey.

Models

Subaru WRX Limited

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

Cargo Capacity (lb.)

12.0

15.4

16.3

16

The 2020 WRX has a default cargo space of 12 cubic feet

The rear seats are 60/40 split-folding increases the cargo space to some extent. The Sonata has the largest cargo space in the segment with a capacity of 16.3 cubic feet. 

What creature comfort do we get?

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Performance-design front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching
  • Leather-wrapped shifter handle
  • Aluminum-alloy pedal covers
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front seats
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front seats
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan interior
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan interior
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan seats
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan seats
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Dashboard
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Dashboard
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Steering Wheel
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Steering Wheel

2020 Subaru WRX Exterior

The WRX looks a regular mid-sized sedan until you turn on the ignition. While all other performance-oriented sedans have an athletic design language, the simplistic exterior shell of the WRX set it apart. 

2020 Subaru WRX sedan 3rd Quarter View

The 2020 WRX has the same design and dimensions as its predecessor. The hood scoop is an indication that the WRX is not your ordinary sedan. The dug in headlamps results in a prominent snout that houses the signature Subaru grille. The toned lines on the side would have made for a really dull profile for the WRX if not for the 17” or 18” black alloys. The large fender complements the wheels. The black exhausts to back is the only differentiating attribute of the WRX from the Impreza. 

2020 Subaru WRX sedan 3rd Quarter Rear View

Models

Subaru WRX sedan

Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo

Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T*

Ford Fusion Titanium*

Curb weight (lb.)

3294

3436

3527

3676

Length(in)

180.9

192.9

191.1

191.7

Width(in)

70.7

72.9 

73.4

75.6

Height(in)

58.1

57.1

58.1

58.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

5.1

5.3

7,8

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

111.2

110.4

112.1

The WRX is one of the smallest cars in the segment with a bumper to bumper length of 181 inches. The wheelbase of the 2020 WRX is just 104.3 inches. On the contrary, the Altima is the longest car in the segment with a length of 192 inches and 111.2 inches of wheelbase. 

What are the highlights of the design?

  • Projector low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam halogen headlights
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH)
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Front and rear under spoilers
  • Low profile trunk spoiler 
  • Exhaust system with quad stainless-steel outlets
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Front View
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Exterior
2020 Subaru WRX Sedan Exterior

2020 Subaru WRX Safety

Neither IIHS nor NHTSA had the chance to crash the latest avatar of WRX. We will surely update this space once they are done with the crash tests.

Safety Features

  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Active Torque Vectoring
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Subaru advanced frontal airbag system (SRS)
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Front-seat side pelvis/torso airbags
  • Whiplash-reducing front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints
  • Height-adjustable 3-point front seatbelts
  • LATCH System
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure

2020 Subaru WRX Competition

Subaru WRX vs Nissan Altima

Both of these Japanese sedans are good in their own ways. The WRX is the sportier car between the two. Hence, if agility and sporty ride quality is your priority and can ignore the smaller cargo space and lower fuel economy of the WRX, this is the car for you. On the other hand, if space and composed ride quality are your priorities, the Nissan Altima is the car for you. 

2020 Nissan Altima Sedan
2020 Nissan Altima Sedan

Subaru WRX vs Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata is an in and out family sedan. There is nothing sporty about it. The exterior styling is elegant with a practical interior layout. The ride quality is smooth and composed and this car is perfect for the daily city commutes. The WRX is the polar opposite of the Maxima in terms of handling. While it can manage itself on the city traffic, its natural habitat is the open expressways and the tracks. Thus, choosing a car between the two should be an easy task given you have your priorities sorted. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan
2020 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

 

2020 Subaru WRX Final Verdict

The Subaru WRX is a car that has a definitive fan base. This is a car for enthusiasts who love to turn heads while on their way to the office. This is a car for the ones who love to take their car for a spin on the freeway on the weekends rather than “Netflix and chill”. This machine is meant for the folks who love a car that is always ready to misbehave. If you are one of those guys, the 2020 Subaru WRX is made for you.