Pros: Invigorating acceleration, especially in STI models; cargo versatility of hatchback wagon body style; agile handling with confidence-inspiring, all-weather capability of all-wheel drive
Cons: Mediocre cabin materials; stiff ride, especially in STI models; high noise levels
CG Says: The Subaru Impreza WRX sees only one minor update for 2014: The available navigation system adds Aha-based smartphone connectivity. Impreza WRX is fast and handles well, and the standard all-wheel drive provides fine traction. Hatchback-style wagon versions are more practical than the sedans, though the interior suffers from increased levels of road and wind noise. Interior appearance disappoints as well. Base WRX models offer the best value, but serious enthusiasts will be drawn to the raucous, pricey STI version and likely find it worth the extra money. Note that Subaru has announced that a new WRX STI sedan will debut in late spring 2014 as a 2015 model.