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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2021 Subaru WRX STI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

MSRP*: $41,600 to $43,600
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Picture of the 2021 Subaru WRX STI

2021 Subaru
WRX STI

MSRP*: $37,245 to $41,945
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Invoice* $39,104 to $40,984 $35,192 to $39,564
MPG - City 23 MPG 16 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 35 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 12.6 ft3 12.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 255 hp 310 hp
Exterior Length 184.5 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 71.3 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 35.4 in
Head Room Front 37.1 in
Rear 37.1 in
Front 37.2 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*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
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Subaru WRX STI with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Subaru WRX STI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is much higher than that for the Subaru WRX STI.

Dimensions
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is about the same width as the Subaru WRX STI. When looking at overall length, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru WRX STI.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a larger turning radius than the Subaru WRX STI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has less horsepower than the Subaru WRX STI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Subaru WRX STI. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Subaru WRX STI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class than that of the Subaru WRX STI.