Skip to main content

Limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS returns for 2020, WRX and STI get minor tweaks

Subaru’s performance cars roll into the 2020 model year with minor changes, as well as a minor price bump for the WRX and WRX STI. The big news is the return of the BRZ tS, which was originally a one-year-only limited edition for the 2018 model year (no 2019 model was offered).

The 2020 Subaru BRZ tS is similar to the previous version, but with one major difference. Subaru eliminated the big carbon fiber rear wing, replacing it with a smaller rear spoiler that was likely less expensive. The car itself starts at $1,960 less than the 2018 model, with a base price of $32,395 (all prices include a mandatory destination charge). Production of the 2020 BRZ tS will be limited to 300 units, instead of the 500 built for the 2018 model year.

Aside from the different rear spoiler, the rest of the tS carries over from the 2018 model year. Upgrades include Sachs dampers and springs, an engine V-brace, chassis stiffening, Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Spork tires wrapped around model-specific 18-inch wheels. Subaru didn’t mess with the engine, so the 2.0-liter boxer-four makes the same 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque as a base BRZ. For 2020, the BRZ tS is only available in Ceramic White (the 2018 model was available in three colors).

The only other BRZ trim level available for 2020 is the Limited, which starts at $29,745 when equipped with the same six-speed manual transmission as the tS. The Limited is also available with a six-speed automatic, which bumps the price up to $30,845, and bumps output down to 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. All BRZ models come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a $1,195 performance package for the Limited adds Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers, and model-specific 17-inch wheels. The rear-wheel drive BRZ remains an outlier in Subaru’s lineup of all-wheel drive vehicles.

The 2020 Subaru WRX starts at $28,395, an increase of $300 over the 2019 model year. The optional performance package now includes a complete Brembo brake upgrade (as opposed to just upgraded pads), while the Recaro front seats and moonroof delete carry over from 2019. The package is now priced at $2,850, up from $2,050 in 2019. It doesn’t involve any changes to the WRX’s turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer-four, which makes 268 hp and 258 lb-ft.

In addition to the base model, Subaru offers higher-level WRX Premium and Limited models, starting at $30,695 and $32,995, respectively. You have to upgrade from the base model to the Premium to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system is now standard on all WRX models equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission (a six-speed manual is standard).

The WRX STI remains Subaru’s performance flagship. The only changes for 2020 are standard keyless entry with pushbutton start, and modified engine-bay cooling ducts designed to allow better cooling. That doesn’t change the output of the 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four, which remains 310 hp and 290 lb-ft. Unlike the standard WRX, the STI is available only with a six-speed manual transmission. Pricing starts at $37,895, which is $400 more than 2019. The 2020 WRX STI Limited starts at $42,595.

While Subaru brought back the BRZ tS for an encore, it made no mention of the WRX STI Type RA introduced alongside the tS in 2018. That model has likely been supplanted by another limited edition — the S209. With 341 hp, the S209 is the most powerful production Subaru ever. It’s also the first “S” series limited-edition model to be sold in the U.S.

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
Mercedes-Benz EQG: range, price, release date, and more
Concept image of the larger electric G-Wagon

The G-Class is going electric. We already knew that Mercedes-Benz was working on an electric, small-size G-Wagon, but it looks like the company is also working on a larger G-Class SUV, in the form of the EQG. In fact, Mercedes has gone as far as to show off a concept version of the off-roader.

While there's much we don't know about what will become the production model of the EQG, Mercedes has also shared a lot about it. Curious about whether the Mercedes-Benz EQG could be the EV for you? Here's everything we know so far.
Design
Fear not -- the EQG will retain many of the design aspects of the G-Class that you already know and love but with a modern face-lift. The EQG will keep the boxy design that gives the G-Class a classic look but with some additional modern styling, at least if the concept version is anything to go by.

Read more
Rivian R2 vs. Kia EV9: battle of affordable electric SUVs
Kia EV9 GT-Line Three Quarters

The long-awaited Rivian R2 has finally been announced, and it's an excellent option for those who want an electric SUV that doesn't completely break the bank. Sure, the R2 isn't cheap -- but it's a whole lot cheaper than most other EVs out there, especially when it comes to SUVs. But Rivian isn't the only company trying to tackle the problem of the budget electric SUV. The Kia EV9 is finally available, and it too offers a modern design and a range of helpful features.

Given the fact that the Rivian R2 and Kia EV9 are two electric SUVs in a similar price range, you might be wondering which is better for your needs. That's why we put the Rivian R2 and the Kia EV9 head-to-head.
Design
Both the Rivian R2 and the Kia EV9 are actual SUVs -- not crossovers pretending to be SUVs, like plenty of other EVs out there. The two vehicles offer big, boxy designs and plenty of interior space, making them excellent options for families or those who need that extra storage.

Read more
Rivian R2 vs R1S: How will Rivian’s cheaper SUV compare?
The front three-quarter view of a 2022 Rivian against a rocky backdrop.

Rivian has finally unveiled the R2, its long-awaited attempt at a more affordable electric SUV. The new vehicle may not be available just yet, but fans of Rivian's design aesthetics and feature set are already looking forward to being able to order the new car. The R2 is targeted at being a more affordable take on the electric SUV and will sit alongside the flagship-tier R1S.

Let's get this out of the way right now: The R1S is most likely going to be a better vehicle than the R2. Rivian isn't replacing the R1S with the R2 — it's releasing the R2 as a more affordable alternative, and there will be some compromises when buying the R2 over the R1S.

Read more