2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si

9.8

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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Average highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Moon roof
Standard
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Has a subwoofer
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Premium radio
Standard
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

9.1

Runner-up

Subaru Impreza WRX

starting from

$26,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Spacious front seats
55.6 ft3
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Child door locks
Standard
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The Civic Si's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Winner: Impreza WRX
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very limited highway range
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.1 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Civic Si has an OK number of speakers, while the Impreza WRX has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Civic Si's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Impreza WRX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's 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 Yes The Civic Si has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impreza WRX; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $26,220 vs $22,975 The Civic Si has a great price and the Impreza WRX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 22 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

Performance

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 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's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.1 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp The Impreza WRX is a sporty car, while the Civic Si is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Impreza WRX's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Civic Si is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 409 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Impreza WRX has roomy front seats, but the Civic Si is very cramped
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Impreza WRX has a good number of cupholders, but the Civic Si is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Subaru
Impreza WRX
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 5.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.0 s s @ 98.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.93 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 144 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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 STI 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Impreza WRX STI vs Camaro SS
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 MINI Cooper Civic Si vs Cooper
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Nissan Versa SL Civic DX vs Versa SL

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