2020 Subaru WRX vs Honda Civic Si Comparison in Olympia, WA

The Subaru WRX is an affordable performance car inspired by award-winning Subaru rally racers. Its standard all-wheel drive, agile handling, and genuine Subaru quality make it a favorite among adventurous drivers, and it's big and comfortable enough to be a family car, too. Those in the market for an affordable sports car will likely also consider the 2020 Honda Civic Si, but the WRX is simply the better choice. Take a look at a head-to-head comparison between these two cars here.

Subaru WRX interior

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Design

Honda has been giving its regular Civic sedans and coupes a more over-the-top sporty design for several years, with the result being that the Honda Civic Si looks . . . very much like a regular Honda Civic. Sure, it has a wildly overstated body design with a spoiler, but that's about it. The Subaru WRX takes a different tack. Though it's based on the Subaru Impreza, it includes a number of extra styling features like a hood scoop, front and rear underspoilers, and a rear bumper with integrated diffuser.

But it's not just on the outside that these two cars differ. On the inside, the 2020 Subaru WRX has 96.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, and the 2020 Honda Civic Si has 95 cubic feet. This may not seem like much, but you'll be able to see the difference as soon as you step inside.


Close-up of Recaro seats

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Technology & Convenience

While the 2020 Subaru WRX is available in three different trim levels, the 2020 Honda Civic Si only comes in one. This means that the Honda Civic Si may have better entry-level features, like a 7-inch touchscreen (though the 6.5-inch touchscreen in the Subaru WRX is still impressive) and heated front seats. But the 2020 Subaru WRX offers available features you won't find in the Honda Civic Si, including a navigation system and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power-adjustable lumbar support.

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Subaru WRX driving down a curved road

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Engines

Engines are a key part of performance cars, and this is another area where the Subaru WRX excels. The 2020 Subaru WRX has a powerful turbocharged engine that generates 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque! The engine in the Honda Civic Si, on the other hand, gets just 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. But it's not just power where these engines differ; the WRX comes with a SUBARU BOXER® engine, which gives it a low center of gravity. The engine in the Honda Civic Si is an inline engine. Both cars come with 6-speed manual transmission, but the 2020 Subaru WRX gives you another option: a Sport Lineartronic™ automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual mode. This allows you to get the best of both worlds.


Subaru WRX on dirt surface

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Handling & Traction

Another big difference between these two vehicles? The 2020 Honda Civic Si is a decidedly un-sportscarlike front-wheel drive vehicle. The 2020 Subaru WRX, on the other hand, draws on its powerful rally car heritage equipped with all-wheel drive. This continuous symmetrical AWD system pairs with the symmetry of the horizontally opposed engine to create an even more impressive drive, but that's just the start. The Subaru WRX has a tighter turning circle for better response on corners.


2020 Subaru WRX on road

2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Safety

The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive we mentioned earlier does more than just give it the ability to tear up dirt trails: it also makes driving on slick streets much safer. In addition, the WRX offers available LED Steering Responsive Headlights that track with the direction of your turn, improving your visibility. Beyond just that, the Subaru WRX offers available driver assistance features that simply aren't available in the Honda Civic Si. These include blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, which take some of the danger out of switching lanes or backing up.

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2020 Subaru WRX vs 2020 Honda Civic Si: Value

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is cheaper than the 2020 Subaru WRX, but the Subaru WRX offers you so much more. It's well worth the extra price when you take a look at the extra performance features and the other options that the Honda Civic Si lacks. We invite you to come experience a Subaru WRX for yourself at Hanson Subaru!

2020 Subaru WRX2020 Honda Civic Si
$27,495Starting MSRP*$25,200
268Horsepower205
258 lb-ftTorque192 lb-ft
AvailableAutomatic Transmission w/ Paddle ShiftersNot Available
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPGGas Mileage26 City MPG / 36 Highway MPG
96.6 cu. ft.Passenger Volume95 cu. ft.
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Rating4 Stars
AvailableBlind-Spot DetectionNot Available
AvailableRear Cross-Traffic AlertNot Available

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.