The Subaru WRX commands the strongest residual values in the sporty compact car category. That's not surprising given the passion and loyalty exhibited by Subaru owners in general and WRX owners in particular. WRX fandom has its origins in rally racing, wherein production-based racecars traverse all types of surface, often sideways, at mind-bending speeds. The domesticated Subaru WRX taps into that heritage with wide fenders, a huge hood intake and genuine performance chops.
By directing the turbocharged engine's 268 horsepower to all four wheels, Subaru's sports sedan boasts superior traction in all conditions, whether blasting down some desolate dirt backroad or simply getting groceries during a winter storm. From a driving-fun perspective we prefer the standard six-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable transmission is also available for those who would rather delegate shifting duties.
All-wheel drive might be a traditional Subaru specialty but in recent years the brand has focused on advanced but accessibly priced technology. The WRX's optional EyeSight package utilizes a pair of cameras to offer adaptive cruise, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking, among other features, at a much lower price point than competitive systems.
Rally car thrills are fantastic but the WRX's brilliance comes in packaging those thrills in a practical and refined sedan body style. The Subaru WRX is a car that's easy to enjoy every day, not just at the race track or rally course. Bundle all this goodness together with class-topping resale values and a starting price less than $28,000 and you have a winning formula.