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2021 Lexus IS 350 vs. 2021 Subaru WRX STI Review

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2021 Lexus
IS 350

MSRP*: $42,950 to $44,950
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2021 Subaru
WRX STI

MSRP*: $37,245 to $41,945
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Invoice* $39,945 to $41,805 $35,192 to $39,564
MPG - City 19 - 20 MPG 16 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 10.8 ft3 12.0 ft3
Engine V-6 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 311 hp 310 hp
Exterior Length 185.4 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 44.8 in
Rear 32.2 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 35.4 in
Head Room Front 38.2 in
Rear 36.9 in
Front 37.2 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**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 350, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Lexus IS 350 and the Subaru WRX STI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Lexus IS 350 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 350 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 Lexus IS 350 will cost more in transportation costs than the Subaru WRX STI.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus IS 350 is much wider than the Subaru WRX STI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Lexus IS 350, which is slightly longer than the Subaru WRX STI.

Handling
The Lexus IS 350 has a smaller turning radius than the Subaru WRX STI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Lexus IS 350 and the Subaru WRX STI.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus IS 350 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru WRX STI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 350 and the Subaru WRX STI. The Lexus IS 350 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 350 than that of the Subaru WRX STI.