With its blistering acceleration and tenacious cornering grip, the WRX is built for the enthusiast driver.
A manual is standard, and the optional continuously variable transmission has eight predetermined ratios that the driver can control via steering-wheel paddles.
Power is abundant, handling is nimble, and the WRX is very capable on a track.
But the ride is very stiff and choppy, and the clunky shifter and abrupt clutch engagement make the WRX frustrating as a daily driver.
The higher-performance WRX STI has a different transmission and suspension, and a more powerful 310-hp engine.
Subaru's EyeSight safety system, including FCW and AEB, is optional.
Recent updates include revised suspension tuning, interior refinements, and some new features.