Subaru WRX vs. Ford Mustang


Two Legends Face Off: See the Subaru WRX vs the Ford Mustang in Charleston

And now, for something a little different: you might not think that the Subaru WRX and the Ford Mustang have that much in common, but they attract a similar type of shopper in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Hanahan, Summerville, and West Ashley, so the team at Crews Subaru of Charleston knew that we had to tackle this topic!

While these two vehicles definitely have more differences than things in common, they share one very important feature that binds them: the love of sporty driving. One is inspired by rally cars; the other by pure American muscle. One is a small, feisty compact filled with adrenaline; the other is a hulking beast of a sedan that roars with the power of heritage. But both are almost universally loved by drivers who have a deep admiration for the history of sports cars.

See what you think: explore the new Subaru WRX vs Ford Mustang, and see why Subaru's AWD compact car is a competent rival for Charleston's Ford Mustang.

This competitive comparison focuses primarily on WRX and Mustang models with their respective base engines--both cars do offer higher-performance variants, so if you'd like a deeper comparison of these two competitors, please contact Crews Subaru of Charleston.

Horsepower, Torque, and Road Performance: WRX vs Ford Mustang

As we said, these two cars aren't really directly comparable, especially when it comes to performance; a hefty muscle car meant for burnouts and short-range sprints will never be an "apple to apple" comparison to a compact AWD sedan that's just a five-point safety harness away from being a rally car. The Mustang boasts multiple engine options with a huge range of horsepower for that true "muscle" feeling, while the WRX focuses more on driving feel and agility.

  • The Ford Mustang has a horsepower range of 300 HP - 526 HP (for Mustang Shelby models); the Subaru WRX offers a range of 268 HP - 305 HP (for WRX STI models)
  • Mustang offers more horsepower, but WRX engines offer far better fuel economy, and are quieter with less vibration thanks to well-balanced BOXER engineering
  • The Subaru WRX and WRX STI both offer standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for legendary capability on any road--the Mustang has no AWD option at this point

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Price, Features, and Technology: WRX vs Ford Mustang

One of the defining differences between the WRX and Mustang is the type of configurations offered; the Mustang is available in both coupe and convertible form, with two doors and four seats--the Subaru WRX is only available in sedan form (WRX hatchback, R.I.P.) with four doors and seating for five. But that doesn't stop both of these vehicles from offering a competitive set of standard and available features.

  • The Subaru WRX comes standard with SUBARU STARLINK multimedia infotainment; the Mustang offers a basic SYNC system
  • Subaru's available EyeSight driver assist technology is one of the best assistance systems in the industry today--can the Mustang keep you and your precious cargo as safe?
  • Although the Mustang is a bigger build than the WRX, Subaru's compact car actually offers more passenger volume than the Mustang--by as much as 17.3 cubic feet of space

Before You Opt for the Ford Mustang in Charleston, Take Another Look at the New Subaru WRX

It's true that the Mustang in North Charleston boasts more horsepower, from base to top, but if you're looking for a car that's great every day, on every road--and not just the track--we think you might be pleasantly surprised by the Subaru WRX.

Explore new inventory to see available WRX for sale and to research model trims that rival Ford Mustang Models, or browse further competitive comparisons to see WRX vs other competitors.

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