2011 Dodge
Challenger R/T
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 0-60 time
5.4 seconds
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T

9.6

starting from

$30,720

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger R/T

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High top speed
170 mph
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Average power
376 HP @ 5,150 RPM
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Good range on the highway
458 miles
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Power seats
Standard
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Winner: Challenger R/T
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • The Impreza WRX STI needs more than 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 123 ft vs 142 ft
  • Almost the same, 0.93 g vs 0.89 g
  • The Impreza WRX STI hits 60mph around 10% faster, 5.4 seconds vs 5.9 seconds
Performance 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
  • The Impreza WRX STI needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.1 ft vs 38.1 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Fewer speakers
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a good number of cupholders but the Impreza WRX STI is particularly good
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • People mover
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Challenger R/T'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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Impreza WRX STI

Safety Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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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 Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impreza WRX STI; optional upgrade on the Challenger R/T
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Roadside assistance system None vs Uconnect

Road Tests

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 5.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 142 ft The Impreza WRX STI's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Challenger R/T is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 14.3 s s @ 102.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.93 g vs 0.89 g The Impreza WRX STI has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Challenger R/T
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Top speed 144 mph vs 170 mph The Challenger R/T can hit high speeds, but the Impreza WRX STI is below average for this class of vehicle

Performance

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 376 HP @ 5,150 RPM Average power
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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 Turbocharger vs None 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 11.1 lb/hp vs 10.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-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 36.1 ft vs 38.1 ft The Impreza WRX STI is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Challenger R/T is quite bad

Cost

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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MSRP $34,720 vs $30,720 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 15 mpg The Impreza WRX STI has OK city mileage, while the Challenger R/T is very inefficient
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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

Entertainment System

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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 Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Dodge
Challenger R/T
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 389 miles vs 458 miles The Challenger R/T has great highway range, but the Impreza WRX STI is very limited
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 16.2 ft3 The Challenger R/T has lots of cargo room and the Impreza WRX STI is pretty good
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 Unknown vs Not Available
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Impreza WRX STI is particularly good
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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 Dodge Challenger R/T 2012 Ford Mustang GT Challenger R/T vs Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Challenger SRT8 vs Camaro SS
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Challenger SRT8 vs Corvette Z06
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Challenger R/T vs GT-R Black Edition
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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