Each generation of young gearheads has a car that they dream about buying the day they finally save up enough money to own a ride of their own. Something fast, something stylish, but most importantly, something attainable. For those who are into muscle, for the past few decades this vehicle has been the Ford Mustang, while those who prefer sport compact scene have lusted over cars like the Honda Civic Si.
Until recently, that is. While the Mustang is still stirring hearts, the Civic Si has lost some of its mojo and found itself taking a backseat to a turbocharged pocket rockets like the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX. The Impreza WRX - along with a rag-tag gang of ruffians like the Volkswagen GTI, the Mazda MAZDASPEED3, and the new Ford Focus ST - has turned up the volume when it comes to power and technology, offering the kind of performance that would have seemed unthinkable in a $25,000 automobile only ten years ago. What's more, with its practical sedan and hatchback body styles, the Subaru Impreza WRX has been able to expand past the youth market and tap into an older demographic appreciative of its fun-to-drive character and its ability to sub-in as a commuter car when not teaching lessons at the local road course.