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2020 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2020 Subaru WRX STI Review

New 2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Lexus
IS 300

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New 2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Subaru
WRX STI

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MSRP*
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$38,560 to $41,010
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$36,995 to $41,695
Invoice* $35,861 to $38,139 $34,960 to $39,331
MPG - City 18 - 21 16
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru WRX STI than the Lexus IS 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Lexus IS 300 and the Subaru WRX STI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Lexus IS 300 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Lexus IS 300 is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru WRX STI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Lexus IS 300 is much higher than that for the Subaru WRX STI.

Dimensions
The Lexus IS 300 is about the same width as the Subaru WRX STI. When looking at overall length, the Lexus IS 300 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru WRX STI.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus IS 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru WRX STI.

Handling
The Lexus IS 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Subaru WRX STI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus IS 300 is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX STI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Subaru WRX STI. The Lexus IS 300 has less cargo capacity than the Subaru WRX STI, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus IS 300 than that of the Subaru WRX STI.