Compare Subaru WRX STI vs Honda Civic Type Rat Michael's Subaru of Bellevue

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See How Subaru WRX STI Pulls Ahead of the Honda Competition in Bellevue, WA

It's a high-performance sedan grudge match for the ages. Ours, the new Subaru WRX, short for World Rally eXperimental, is a road warrior designed according to early Subaru World Rally Cross vehicle specs, built on the celebrated Subaru Impreza platform, with STI versions upgraded by Subaru Tecnica International, automaker's motorsports division. Fresh off a redesign in 2014, it has become today the speed demon those with an inner Formula 1 enthusiast prefer. Theirs, the Honda Civic Type R, built on the well-regarded Civic chassis and tuned to track inspiration, is now in its fifth global generation, brand new here in the US since 2017 and a worthy opponent. Both are sports cars time- and circuit-tested, tried, and found true.

But, when the dust from the final lap clears, you'll see that it's WRX STI that has outclassed its rival and headed into victory lane. To gauge the metrics of which model is right for you, check out the matchup here at Michael's Subaru of Bellevue!

Subaru WRX STI vs Honda Civic Type R

Power and Performance

  • Right out the gate, the new WRX charges, with two trim choices with the STI namesake: the penultimate STI and a top-tier luxury variant, STI Limited. There is, however, only one new Civic Type R, a standalone model.
  • A turbocharged 2.5-liter, flat-four SUBARU BOXER engine drives our hot rod, dishing a metaphorically tire-shredding 310 horsepower. Civic Type R comes in behind, with a 2.0-liter, inline-four turbo engine that puts out 306 horsepower. Count on Subaru for the more energetic ride out to Issaquah and beyond.
  • Looking for fuel capacity to go the extra mile? WRX STI features a 15.9-gallon tank, whereas Civic Type R weighs in at only 12.39. That means fewer trips to the pump for us.
  • WRX STI models incorporate a Driver-controlled center differential. It joins forces with limited-slip helical front and Torsen rear differentials and uses one manual and three automatic modes to distribute optimal torque between front and rear wheels, with sensors to monitor and adjust as needed. Honda's sports car features only a limited-slip differential of the helical type -- less precision for a sportster's needs.
  • Active Torque Vectoring comes standard, bringing with it razor-sharp cornering abilities. In Civic Type R, it's not offered.

Safety and Driver-Assist Features

  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard in WRX STI and STI Limited. It's permanent and always-on, versus discretionarily mode-activated, and proactive with traction, as opposed to "slip-then-grip," the characterization of most electronic AWD systems. It even has fewer moving parts and is, therefore, easier to and often less costly to maintain. Civic Type R doesn't offer AWD, making ours the better choice for navigating both tough Sammamish terrain and foul Mercer Island, WA weather.
  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert come along for the ride in WRX STI Limited, helping you keep an eye on your surroundings. Ours even offers a few unique safety features, like LED steering-responsive headlights, great for peering around corners in dim conditions. None of these are offered in Civic Type R, nor are any driver-assist features.
  • For ultimate peace of mind, STARLINK Safety and Security connected services access comes standard. That means, should the worst happen, you can call on first responders and for roadside assistance, get help recovering your WRX if it's stolen, perform remote diagnostics and other functions, and more. Nothing comparable is offered by Honda in Civic Type R.


  • WRX STI is also the roomier option, with more front head and leg room than Civic Type R.
  • Perhaps best of all, decide to purchase or lease a new Subaru WRX STI here in Bellevue, and you can expect a more comfortable and weather-ready ride for all seasons. It's home to heated front seating in Ultrasuede and leather trim, in a Recaro performance-inspired design in WRX STI Limited, as well as heated side mirrors and a heated windshield wiper de-icer. Plus, other WRX STI Limited features include a power tilting and sliding glass moonroof and driver's seating that power adjusts in up to eight ways. Though Civic Type R's seats are bolstered, they're only fabric, the car features only heated wipers, there's neither a moonroof nor a sunroof, and there's no power seating adjustment to speak of.

The test drive of your life is right around the corner here at 15150 Southeast Eastgate Way. Give us a call or stop by and visit to schedule it, and we'll have you behind the wheel or a new Subaru WRX STI for the firsthand feel in no time!