Incremental changes make for an even better WRX.
In the years since its 2002 U.S. introduction, the rally-inspired Subaru Impreza WRX evolved aesthetically like Barry Bonds, morphing from the scrawny-looking yet scrappy original to this version, the beefed-up and muscular 2011 model. Yes, there were a few stylistic missteps along the way, 2006’s funky nose and the softer look of the 2008 chief among them, but we’ve never loved the WRX for its looks. The thing has always been a blast to drive, and it got even better for 2009 when Subaru poured on 41 more horsepower, for a total of 265, and stirred in a raft of chassis revisions. The result was a 0-to-60-mph run of just 4.7 seconds and more poise than ever; the only remaining issues were a tendency to understeer and that it looked pretty much like a regular Impreza. You may now consider those rectified