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Subaru Impreza WRX

Starting MSRP: $24,995

The Subaru WRX's all-wheel drive and powerful engine make it a formidable competitor on the rally racing circuit, but it's also a favorite of moms and dads who like a fast car in addition to a family hauler.

The WRX is a variant of Subaru's entry-level Impreza sedan. To create the WRX, Subaru bolts a turbocharger to the Impreza's 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The combination is good for 265 horsepower and 244 foot-pounds of torque, which is channeled to all four wheels.

That power propels the WRX to 60 mph in less than six seconds. Subaru pegs the top speed at 130 mph. Put that together with a stiffer, more nimble suspension, an interior that seats five and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, and you get a compelling combination of speed and frugality.


 

 

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