2011 Chevrolet
Camaro SS
vs. 2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX STI

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

9.8

starting from

$34,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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OK braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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OK cornering
0.93 g
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Average-sized back seats
38.8 ft3
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

9.6

starting from

$31,920

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Quite powerful
426 HP @ 5,900 RPM
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Average top speed
160 mph
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Fast 0-60 time
5.1 seconds
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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Camaro SS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camaro SS's power seats; not available on the Impreza WRX STI
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Impreza WRX STI

Safety Features

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Camaro SS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impreza WRX STI; optional upgrade on the Camaro SS
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Entertainment System

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Camaro SS
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Camaro SS's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Impreza WRX STI does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Impreza WRX STI; but it's not available at all on the Camaro SS

Cost

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Camaro SS
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MSRP $31,920 vs $34,720 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

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Camaro SS
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
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0-60 mph 5.1 seconds vs 5.4 seconds The Camaro SS has a good 0-60 time, but the Impreza WRX STI is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 123 ft The Impreza WRX STI's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camaro SS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph vs 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph The Camaro SS's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Impreza WRX STI's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs 0.93 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 160 mph vs 144 mph The Camaro SS's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Impreza WRX STI is just OK

Crash Test Ratings

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Camaro SS
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Impreza WRX STI
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Camaro SS
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Horsepower 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM vs 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Camaro SS is fairly powerful, but the Impreza WRX STI is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Impreza WRX STI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.1 lb/hp vs 11.1 lb/hp The Camaro SS is a sporty car, while the Impreza WRX STI is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Impreza WRX STI has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 36.1 ft

Practicality

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Camaro SS
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Impreza WRX STI has lots of passenger seats and the Camaro SS is OK, too
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 389 miles The Camaro SS has great highway range, but the Impreza WRX STI is very limited
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Impreza WRX STI has roomy front seats and the Camaro SS is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Unknown
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Impreza WRX STI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Camaro SS
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Cupholders 2 vs 8 The Impreza WRX STI has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2012 Ford Mustang GT Camaro SS vs Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Camaro SS vs Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 BMW M3 Camaro SS vs M3
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 Nissan 370Z Touring Impreza WRX STI vs 370Z Touring
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited 2012 Ford Mustang GT Impreza WRX STI Limited vs Mustang GT
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 BMW M3 Impreza WRX STI vs M3
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2011 MINI Cooper Impreza WRX STI vs Cooper
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 2012 Honda Civic Si Impreza WRX vs Civic Si

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