In the gospel of sports cars, it is written that anything fun must be limited to three-season use, equipped with a vestigial back seat (or lacking a back seat entirely) and priced beyond the means of the unwashed masses. The counter to this script is the Subaru WRX, an automotive single-digit salute in the face of convention.
Sure, it’s an absolute blast to drive, but it also hauls four adults in relative comfort given its sensible four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body style. Thanks to the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive, it will happily take you through the worst that Mother Nature can dish out, especially if you opt for winter tires on all four corners. Finally, it’s priced so the masses can enjoy it without having to sell unneeded organs on the black market.
If the 265-horsepower WRX isn’t quick enough for you, consider the higher-performance STI, which uses the same turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, but boosts output to 305 horsepower. While WRX...