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    2013 GT - 2009-12 WRX comparison

    I just traded in my 09' WRX for a 13' Mustang GT and I thought I'd talk a little about how they stack up against each other.

    First off you can't really compare these cars but I have owned them both so why not?
    I loved my WRX for the 3 years I had it, it is what it is and doesn't pretend to be anything else.
    I originally ordered a 12' wrx, but during the 9week wait I thought to myself, do I really want to trade in for the same exact car with a body kit? No

    I test drove a 13' 5.0 and fell in love. It has a completely different presence on the road. It feels planted and composed, it's suprisingly smooth compared to the WRX. Im still breaking it in so I haven't gotten on the throttle hard yet. But I can say there is plenty of power down low compared to the WRX in its stock form, where it was dead below 3500rpm and insane from 4500 to redline.

    I bought both cars in Base trim. Interior wise the GT is top notch. The WRX was seriously lacking in this department. The GT has an all black interior including the headliner as apposed to the 2tone cream and black in the WRX. The GT has soft to the touch plastics on the dash so it doesn't creak and squeek in the morning. The GT has steering wheel controls standard ( I didn't know what I've been missing) which are awesome. The keyless entry system is one piece with the key, not a 2piece as in the WRX. The stereo is much better than th WRX which goes without saying. Hid's are standard also, which is nice. MPG wise, the 2 cars are rated the same which is crazy since I now have 2x the cylinders. I'm getting 20 right now ( 90%city) which is great considering I'm in the break in period and I'm giving it more gas than I usually would to vary speeds and rpms.

    Things I like more about the WRX than the GT. I like the WRX gauge cluster much more, it's so easy to read and the white on red looks awesome. I'm not gonna lie, that's about it. I live in San Jose, Ca where we don't see any snow and hardly any rain, so AWD isn't necessary for me at this time. The WRX has a bigger trunk opening, but I think the GT has more useable space, especially with the trunk lid arms on the rex that prevent you from putting anything below them.

    All that being said, I would without a doubt buy another Subaru, although it was lacking in many areas it's still a great bang for the buck and you can't beat the reliability. The GT's reliabilty is TBD but it seems to be solidly built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex_Harrison View Post
    First off you can't really compare these cars but I have owned them both so why not?
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    Because you just said that you can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    First and IBTL!!
    Why IBTL? Nice comparison

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    Why IBTL? Nice comparison
    Just wait and see

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    Im not Doobis. What is IBTL? Am I not in the right forum ? Wrx vs. World?

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    lolololololol as soon as I saw the thread title, I knew it was a Rex thread!


    Seriously though, congrats on the new ride, we ALL know you've wanted one for a while. The new GTs are beautiful, there's no doubt about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex_Harrison View Post
    Wrx vs. World?
    To many on this forum, there is no world outside of the WRX


    I have equal opinion of the new WRX interior... terrible. But at the same time, IMO, the new Mustangs had some of the worst interiors I have yet experienced. OTOH, I thought the new Focus interior was quite good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xFalleNx View Post
    lolololololol as soon as I saw the thread title, I knew it was a Rex thread!


    Seriously though, congrats on the new ride, we ALL know you've wanted one for a while. The new GTs are beautiful, there's no doubt about it.

    Thanks man, I appreciate it I'll see if I can post some pics soon

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    I like the comparison and agree with a lot of it but the one glaring advantage of the WRX is 4 doors. We may have different priorities but having a 2 door car would drive me absolutely nuts. I can't imagine having a kid or friends and having to move the front seats every time they were in and out of the car. A coupe could never be my main car, but thats just me
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    +1 for pics.

    It's peaceful so far...hopefully it can stay that way. This is highly subjective stuff, folks...people are allowed to like other cars better than the WRX.
    It's interesting to hear you describe a planted feel in the Mustang. For me, in the V6, at least, it really felt more like "heavy". Perhaps the 5.0's suspension gives a different feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    people are allowed to like other cars better than the WRX.
    Dude! That's the third rule of ClubWRX...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    I like the comparison and agree with a lot of it but the one glaring advantage of the WRX is 4 doors. We may have different priorities but having a 2 door car would drive me absolutely nuts. I can't imagine having a kid or friends and having to move the front seats every time they were in and out of the car. A coupe could never be my main car, but thats just me
    Definetely for most people 4doors is a necessity and a huge advantage. Right now it's just me and my gf, I honestly think I used my rear passenger doors less than 10times for passengers in 3years. Also I dont plan on having kids any time soon.

    Like I said the WRX is a great car, I just don't need two of its major features right now or in the near future, 4doors and AWD, but when I do, I prefer WR-equis.
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