To start, I’d like to rattle off a few facts, as I am a statistics junkie, Subaru is the ONLY carmaker in the world to get a 5-star crash rating on all of its cars. Subaru offers 8 distinctly different models (not accounting for hybrid, or GT/wagon variants) and that is the same amount of cars offered at Kia, 1 less than Hyundai, and only 3 less than Honda. None of those companies aced their crash tests. So by statistics alone, Subaru has an upper hand on its rivals in the safety department. Subaru also has all time AWD on all of their cars, less the BRZ, which is RWD, so that furthers the safety component in wet and snowy conditions. Lastly, according to a 2011 Forbes article, Subaru is 7th in brand loyalty behind such giants as Honda, Toyota, and Chevrolet. Clearly not #1, however it does show that Subaru is a quality car company that people do love and come back to year after year.
In my opinion, there really isn’t a bad Subaru. They’re all made well, priced competitively, and they’re not bad to look at less the Tribeca, which for some reason has the same grille as a Chrysler 200. Subaru’s are famously quirky cars that have a cult following and no other Subaru embodies this mantra more than the famous Impreza WRX.
The WRX is a rally-born, sports car that has been a cult hit with the tuner crowd since it’s inception in 1992. I’ve actually joined one of the forums to see what people say about this particular car, and there are no shortage of tuners on Nasioc. However, there are also people out there who keep it bone stock and use it as a daily driver. Many enthusiasts became fans when they saw Colin McRae win the World Rally Championship in a WRC Impreza model back in the late 90s. Can’t say I wasn’t one of them, but I never really considered the WRX to be in my top cars as a teenager.
The Subaru WRX comes stock with a turbocharged 265hp/244lb-ft engine, 5 speed manual gearbox.