2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX STI

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

10.0

starting from

$34,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
5.4 seconds
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Great cornering ability
0.93 g
2011 Honda CR-V

9.2

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Average city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
48.2 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same, Turbocharger vs None
  • The Impreza WRX STI's power-to-weight ratio is more than 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.1 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp
  • Around 70% more powerful, 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,315 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,405 vs $34,720
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very limited highway range
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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 Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Impreza WRX STI; the CR-V only offers cloth seats

Performance

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The Impreza WRX STI is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The CR-V 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 18.8 lb/hp The Impreza WRX STI is a very sporty car, while the CR-V is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Impreza WRX STI has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 37.8 ft The Impreza WRX STI can make tight turns, and the CR-V is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Honda CR-V Honda
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CR-V '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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Impreza WRX STI; but it's not available at all on the CR-V

Cost

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Impreza WRX STI
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2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $34,720 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price and the Impreza WRX STI is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 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

Safety Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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 OK number of airbags
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 3 stars

Practicality

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 389 miles vs 428 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the Impreza WRX STI has very little
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size 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 Not Available The Impreza WRX STI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The Impreza WRX STI can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the CR-V is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 123 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph The Impreza WRX STI's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, but the CR-V 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.93 g vs 0.77 g The Impreza WRX STI has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the CR-V is just OK
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Top speed 144 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
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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