7 most popular tuner cars for gear heads
Subaru Impreza WRX sedan or hatchback
Tuners usually shortcut the name of this Subaru to just "WRX." Setting it apart from most other popular tuner cars is its all-wheel drive. Considering its high level of performance and AWD, its affordable base price makes it a bargain.
"What brought the WRX to life for many tuners were all of its rally race posters that seemed to be everywhere," Gonzalez says. "It's not a difficult car to modify with a wide range of kits from larger turbochargers to tighter suspension setups."
Percolating under the hood is a 265-horsepower, 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed, turbocharged four-cylinder engine bolted to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine's flat design provides a lower center of gravity for better handling. Those willing to spend an extra $8,500 can step up to the WRX STI with its 305-horsepower, turbocharged engine.