2015 Best Resale Value Awards: Sporty Compact Car

2015 Subaru WRX
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Best Sporty Compact Car:

2015 Subaru WRX

Not only is the Subaru WRX the most affordable all-wheel-drive sports car on the market, but is also a terrific all-around value. Case in point: the WRX offers a bounty of standard equipment along with the best resale value in its class. It seems exhilarating performance and value-for-money have finally settled their differences.

Lower, wider, faster, and, above all, more refined than ever, the all-new Subaru WRX feels just as at home in the city as it does on the racetrack. Key to this improvement in urban civility are optional upscale amenities like LED headlights, passive entry with push button start, and heated leather seats including an 8-way power driver's seat.

The WRX's primary claim to fame is its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. If swapping gears through one of the most engaging 6-speed manual transmissions in the business isn't your idea of fun, there's a surprisingly entertaining continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on offer. To top it all off, the 2015 WRX's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system now incorporates an active torque vectoring feature designed to brake the inside front wheel in corners for greater handling precision and grip.

When you're not burning up the tarmac, the 2015 WRX is efficient enough to return up to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Combine that with a well-equipped starting price of $27,000, and it's safe to say the Subaru WRX is the pocket rocket you can actually justify.

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Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 64.2%
  • at 60 months: 49.4%
Ratings & Reviews
Consumer Rating 9.5 Out of 10

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Best MPG: 21/28
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2015 Volkswagen GTI

The equally new Volkswagen GTI is the mature sporty compact car that still knows how to have a good time.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 59.0%
  • at 60 months: 46.2%

2015 Honda Civic Si

Adding a healthy dose of athleticism to a nameplate renowned for reliability, the Honda Civic Si is the safe bet you actually want to drive.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 59.0%
  • at 60 months: 45.0%

Other Category Winners
See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
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