Poll: Ford Focus RS or Subaru WRX STI?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The high-performance small car segment is undergoing something of a renaissance these days as more and more manufacturers introduce scalding-hot vehicles with trim dimensions.

The Subaru WRX STI is an established favorite, offering drop-kick acceleration and four-corner traction. But this Japanese automaker isn’t the only company that owns this particular performance formula.

Ford’s new Focus RS is the HOTTEST version of this small car. It features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that cranks out 350 horses and just as much torque. All-wheel drive ensures the RS can actually handle all of that giddy-up.

Can’t decide which one you like better? Here’s a detailed rundown of each car.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Mark S Mark S on Dec 15, 2015

    This was pretty easy. Ford RS is going to help prod Subie towards a new STI engine. The WRX is great value and no doubt Subie can create a competitive STI. One negative for the RS will be dealer mark up above MSRP in the US, laws of supply and demand will be (sadly( in full affect.

  • Phillipa Phillipa on Dec 16, 2015

    Interesting that the Golf R isn't included.