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

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

9.9

starting from

$32,120

Reasons to buy the Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Spacious back seats
46.0 ft3
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Moon roof
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

9.3

starting from

$34,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Good cornering ability
0.93 g
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Has rear spoiler
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Sporty performance
11.1 lb/hp
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Quite powerful
305 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Winner: Legacy 2.5GT
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Legacy 2.5GT's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5GT's power seats; not available on the Impreza WRX STI
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Winner: Legacy 2.5GT
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  • The Legacy 2.5GT's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Legacy 2.5GT's satellite radio
  • The Legacy 2.5GT has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Road Tests 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • The Impreza WRX STI can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.93 g vs 0.82 g
  • Almost the same, 13.8 s @ 101 mph vs 14.2 s @ 96 mph
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Winner: Impreza WRX STI
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  • The Impreza WRX STI's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.1 lb/hp vs 13.1 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 265 HP @ 5,600 RPM
  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 36.8 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Very inefficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
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 9.9 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

Subaru
Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Legacy 2.5GT's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Legacy 2.5GT'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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Entertainment System

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Legacy 2.5GT has more speakers, but the Impreza WRX STI has very few
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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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Legacy 2.5GT'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 Yes vs No The Legacy 2.5GT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

Subaru
Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 5.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 123 ft The Legacy 2.5GT 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 14.2 s @ 96 mph vs 13.8 s @ 101 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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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 2.5GT
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Top speed 150 mph vs 144 mph The Legacy 2.5GT can hit high speeds, but the Impreza WRX STI cannot

Performance

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Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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Horsepower 265 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 305 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Impreza WRX STI is fairly powerful, but the Legacy 2.5GT 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 Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 11.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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

Cost

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Legacy 2.5GT
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Impreza WRX STI
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MSRP $32,120 vs $34,720 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Very inefficient 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
Legacy 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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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 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Legacy 2.5GT 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 2.5GT
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 463 miles vs 389 miles The Legacy 2.5GT 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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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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