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2020 Subaru WRX STI vs. 2021 Toyota Avalon Review

New 2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Subaru
WRX STI

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New 2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Toyota
Avalon

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MSRP*
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$36,995 to $41,695
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$35,875 to $42,875
Invoice* $34,960 to $39,331 $32,288 to $38,588
MPG - City 16 21 - 25
MPG - Hwy 22 30 - 34
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Toyota Avalon than the Subaru WRX STI, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru WRX STI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Avalon.

Convenience
With the Toyota Avalon you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its tank size and 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru WRX STI will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Avalon. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru WRX STI carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Avalon.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru WRX STI is much slimmer than the Toyota Avalon, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Subaru WRX STI, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Avalon.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Subaru WRX STI transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Toyota Avalon.

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

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Subaru WRX STI and the Toyota Avalon.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Subaru WRX STI and the Toyota Avalon. The Subaru WRX STI has significantly less cargo room than the Toyota Avalon, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Subaru WRX STI comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Avalon.