Take one previous-generation Impreza, add serious performance hardware rooted in Subaru’s rally heritage, dip it into a bucket of scoops and spoilers, and you’ve got the 2012 WRX, the mild rather than wild version of the automaker’s legendary performance car. This is the standard WRX, not the even more brutal WRX STI, which costs $8,500 more (and for good reason). Turbocharged and equipped with all-wheel drive, the regular-strength Subaru WRX is available only with a manual gearbox and only with plenty of visual attitude – whether you like it or not.
We like it. Even if it’s not the STI.