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Spend any time in the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and you’ll quickly realize that it’s probably the best sport compact car money can buy.

However, not all of my esteemed colleagues at were so easily convinced, quickly pointing out the proverbial gauntlet of dual-purpose rides that came before it. And, of course, it would be unfair to overlook the Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS, three competitors in a segment that can never have too many entries.

And in truth, it would be easy to give all four of these sport compacts gold stars and call it a day. But we’re not in the business of handing out participation trophies; no, just like you, we want to know which one of this quartet is worthy of your hard-earned dollars. And that’s why we brought them together to take part in’s ultimate showdown for sport compact supremacy.
Read more about the Sport Compact Comparison: Civic Type R vs WRX STI vs Golf R vs Focus RS at
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