2011 Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
vs. 2011 Subaru
Legacy 2.5i

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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Zippy 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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Sporty performance
11.1 lb/hp
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

9.1

Runner-up

Subaru Legacy 2.5i

starting from

$20,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5i

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Average range on the highway
500 miles
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Spacious back seats
46.0 ft3
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Average range in the city
352 miles
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
Performance 8.9 vs 10.0
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 19.2 lb/hp
  • Around 80% more powerful, 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Almost the same
  • The Impreza WRX STI has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Road Tests 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • Around 20% faster in the 1/4 mile, 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 17.1 s s @ 83.2 mph mph
  • The Impreza WRX STI hits 60mph more than 40% faster, 5.4 seconds vs 9.2 seconds
  • The Impreza WRX STI can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.93 g vs 0.82 g
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Winner: Legacy 2.5i
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  • The best price we've seen is $14,000 cheaper (more than 40% less), $20,720 vs $34,720
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 17 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an absurd number of cupholders
  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Overall 9.1 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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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 Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Impreza WRX STI; the Legacy 2.5i only offers cloth seats

Performance

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Legacy 2.5i
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Impreza WRX STI is fairly powerful, but the Legacy 2.5i is underpowered
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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 19.2 lb/hp vs 11.1 lb/hp The Impreza WRX STI is a sporty car, but the Legacy 2.5i is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Legacy 2.5i
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Number of speakers 4 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 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 Legacy 2.5i

Road Tests

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Legacy 2.5i
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 5.4 seconds The Impreza WRX STI can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Legacy 2.5i is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 123 ft The Legacy 2.5i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Impreza WRX STI is just OK
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1/4 mile 17.1 s s @ 83.2 mph mph vs 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph The Impreza WRX STI's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Legacy 2.5i's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.93 g The Impreza WRX STI has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Legacy 2.5i
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Top speed 150 mph vs 144 mph The Legacy 2.5i can hit high speeds, but the Impreza WRX STI cannot

Cost

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Legacy 2.5i
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MSRP $20,720 vs $34,720 The Legacy 2.5i has a great price and the Impreza WRX STI is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 17 mpg The Legacy 2.5i has OK city mileage, while the Impreza WRX STI 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

Safety Features

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Legacy 2.5i
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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

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Legacy 2.5i
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Legacy 2.5i is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Impreza WRX STI
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

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Legacy 2.5i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 389 miles The Legacy 2.5i has OK highway range, but the Impreza WRX STI is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.5 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 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 Legacy 2.5i
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have an absurd number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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