The Subaru WRX is one of those and-eat-it-too kinds of cars. On one hand, it's a perfectly practical compact sedan, with the best resale value in its class. On the other, it's a 268-horsepower all-wheel-drive sports sedan capable of satisfying your more debauched driving interests as well.
It's the all-wheel drive and turbocharged engine combo that lands this otherwise tame-looking four-door on our Sporty Compact Car category. The system offers multiple modes, each capable of delivering engine torque to where the tires can use it the most. Not only does this enhance traction in sporty driving, but it enhances foul weather grip as well. As we said in our Expert Review: "If you like your speed balanced with 4-season usability, room for five and a sizable trunk, you'll like these turbocharged sedans."
The engine's 268 horsepower can be harnessed to either a 6-speed manual transmission or, if you prefer, a $1,200 continuously variable transmission which is better than you think. Either way, the WRX is a fine companion for your daily commute and when you want to unleash your inner hooligan on a winding road or, if you're the wannabe rally type, an abandoned fire road.
Prices for the 2018 Subaru WRX start well below $30,000, a price that gets you automatic climate control, a backup camera, and a nice touchscreen infotainment system. It also includes updates this year such as revised nose and tail styling, a retuned suspension, and the availability of EyeSight driver assist technology. Put it together, and it's all sure to help the WRX maintain its best resale value honors.