Spec-sheet brawl: Ford Mustang vs. Subaru WRX STI

All-muscle or all-wheel drive?
by Drei Laurel | Aug 17, 2018

This should be fun. In the blue corner, we have the Subaru WRX STI--arguably the pinnacle of Japanese-made AWD performance, at least here in the Philippines. And in the red corner, the iconic, muscle-bound, and now EcoBoost-equipped Ford Mustang.

Both are fast, and we're certain both vehicles have their fair share of die-hard fans. Both are also similar in price, with the Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback coming in at P2,798,000 and the WRX STI 2.5 MT carrying a price tag of P2,748,000. That's a mere P50,000 difference--not a large margin for performance cars like these.

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Now, here's where the differences start. The Ford comes with the American carmaker's revolutionary new 10-speed automatic transmission, while the WRX STI is equipped with a six-speed manual. This is a major deal breaker for this segment.

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The Mustang also has an advantage in the power and torque departments, so that's one point for the USA. Its Japanese rival though can fit one more passenger, so that's a point for Subaru in terms of practicality, too.

Both have plenty of safety, coming equipped with driver/passenger as well as side, curtain, and knee airbags. And the two come with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels as well.

You know what? Just take a gander at each car's specs below and decide for yourself which is better. Are you going with the Mustang or WRX STI? Let us know in the poll.

  Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost Fastback AT Subaru WRX STI 2.5 MT
Price (Philippine Peso) 2,798,000 2,748,000
Seating capacity 4 5
Engine 2.3-liter turbocharged gasoline 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline
Power 310hp @ 5,500rpm 296hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque 475Nm @ 3,000rpm 407Nm @ 4,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 59 60
Transmission 10-speed automatic Six-speed manual
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/ventilated disc Ventilated disc/Ventilated disc
Front suspension MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar Inverted MacPherson srut
Rear suspension Independent integral link with stabilizer Double wishbone
Wheels 19-inch aluminum 18-inch aluminum
Tires 255/40 R19 245/40 R18
Airbags Driver/passenger, knee, side, curtain shield Driver/passenger, knee, side, curtain shield
Dimensions (mm) 4,788 x 1,933 x 1,379 4,595 x 1,795 x 1,475
Wheelbase (mm) 2,720 2,650

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