03. 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Starting MSRP: $25,495
Engine: 265-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
0-60-mph time: 5.3-seconds
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX is almost the very definition of affordable power. The 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine sitting under its hood puts out 265 horses and 244 lb-ft of torque (numbers that are easily tweaked thanks to copious aftermarket support), and a world-class all-wheel drive system ensures traction across a wide range of driving conditions. The Subaru WRX is available in both hatchback and sedan editions, and its performance is very much the mirror of the more expensive Impreza WRX STI at the top of the model range. A five-speed manual transmission is the only available gearbox with the Subaru WRX.