2020 Subaru WRX vs Tesla Model 3: Advantages and Disadvantages

The Subaru WRX is one of the most popular performance vehicles for the middle class. The Tesla Model 3 is priced pretty similarly. But how do they shape up against each other? This is Armen Hareyan and I am going to share with you a few insights from Torque News Tesla reporter Alex Bleauste’s recent report discussing Subaru WRX vs. Tesla Model 3. Read at

When it comes to the price options would bring the Tesla Model 3 up in price quite a bit, but at its base, it is competitive with a Subaru WRX. The WRX would be loaded with options at the competitive price level which is a pro for the WRX.

The similarities stop at AWD. The Model 3 LR AWD (long range all-wheel drive) is not only a faster car off the line, but it is more comfortable, economical, and up to date. Unfortunately, Subaru hasn’t had the time to really bring the WRX platform up to speed. The WRX weighs in at over 3,200lbs while the Tesla Model 3 is a little bit heavier at just over 3,500 lbs. This is incredibly important because electric cars are naturally really heavy. 3,500 pounds is a lot of weight, but so is 3,200 pounds.

The Tesla Model 3’s difference today with the Subaru WRX is the refinement. The chassis has been perfectly tuned today in 2020. The stiffness vs. comfort suspension makes it an amazing all-purpose car.

Whether you are driving it to work, or breaking records at the track, the WRX will be there for you. It features state of the art AWD that Subaru has been known for since 1980s. In 2020, they are retiring the “higher performance” model, the STI’s engine.

WRX is cheaper than the Tesla Model 3. It is more designed for a boy-racer type feel, it’s a rally car, vs. efficiency, luxury, and high-tech technology. But at its base price of $27,495 its honestly really hard to get more out of a car for the same price.

The Model 3 features a whole bunch of pros vs the WRX, but mostly when it comes to quality of life. The Model 3 is not designed for racing, off-road performance, or loud noises. It does however feature battery powered engines and is entirely electric. This means no gasoline.
You plug in your car every night and you have plenty of charge to get to and from work and the grocery store. The car has tons of technological features not to mention its Tesla classic huge screen in the middle. It has a ton of option potential all the way to the performance model.

The truth of the matter is that the WRX loses out to the Model 3 in most cases. If you are in the market for either of these cars it is a no brainer to buy the Model 3 but it honestly depends on what your end goal is. If you are just trying to get from point A to point B then absolutely buy the Model 3.

While the Subaru WRX is designed for a thrilling driver experience for a super cheap price.

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  1. I came from a 2016 WRX to a 2019 Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor, the acceleration, and traction alone was enough to instantly convert me, add in the "science fiction" software and self-driving features, there is no going back. My 2016 WRX was my fourth consecutive Subaru, I would have loved to go five, by comparison, Subaru's performance is stagnant and severely lacking in horsepower. Tesla has something special going on with its cars, all the systems function smoothly like no other manufacturer, things like free Over The Air updates that come at regular intervals delivering increased acceleration and free video games that you play with the cars accelerator, brake pedals, and steering wheel. Built-in and free (four-camera) dashcam and car alarm functionality that saves the owner money by catching vandals and hit and runs on video, the touchscreen and software are silky smooth and responsive, the seats are more comfortable, the front view is similar to a Volkswagen bug, the front trunk lid is barely visible, the Model 3 is one of the few cars with a better drivers field of view than a Suby. The rear visibility is abysmal (Bad!) on the Model 3. Add in 75% in gas (petrol) savings, no engine maintenance or oil changes, etc, and it becomes a compelling case.

  2. Good analysis. The Tesla Model 3 and the Subaru WRX are two different cars with some similarities, differences and different intents.