2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Subaru WRX

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Safety

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The WRX only offers a rear monitor.

The G70’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The WRX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the WRX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The WRX’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the WRX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the WRX ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the WRX’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the WRX.

Reliability

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The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The WRX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the G70’s reliability 30 points higher than the WRX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The WRX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The G70 has more powerful engines than the WRX:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

WRX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

268 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

WRX STI 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

290 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the Subaru WRX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

WRX

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.7 sec

14.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.2 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

99 MPH

Top Speed

167 MPH

150 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the G70 2.0T AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the WRX CVT with its standard engine (20 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the G70 2.0T Automatic’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The WRX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G70 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The WRX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Genesis G70 higher (3 out of 10) than the Subaru WRX (1). This means the G70 produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the WRX every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Genesis G70 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the WRX.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The WRX doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the WRX:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

WRX

WRX STI

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.3 inches

12.8 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the WRX are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops shorter than the WRX:

G70

WRX

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the WRX.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The WRX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G70’s wheelbase is 7.3 inches longer than on the WRX (111.6 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G70 is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the WRX.

The G70’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the WRX’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the G70 more stable handling and braking.

The G70 handles at .95 G’s, while the WRX STI Limited pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the WRX (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 25.7 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the G70 is quieter than the WRX STI:

G70

WRX

At idle

37 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space

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The G70 has .7 inches more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the WRX.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The WRX doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The WRX doesn’t offer a memory system.

The G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The WRX doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The WRX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The G70’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The WRX has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the G70 and the WRX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the G70 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The WRX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The G70’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The WRX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The G70’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The WRX’s power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The WRX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The G70 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The WRX has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/STI/Limited.

When the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The WRX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G70 Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The WRX offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the G70 and the WRX offer available heated front seats. The G70 Prestige/Sport also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the WRX.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The WRX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The WRX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The G70 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the WRX STI.

Both the G70 and the WRX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the G70 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The WRX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Genesis G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The WRX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The G70 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The WRX doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The WRX hasn’t been picked since 2003.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The WRX has never been chosen.

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