The 2015 Subaru WRX has been a long time coming. Ever since Subaru took the risk of importing its rally-based compact performance car at the dawn of the new Millennium, the gamble has paid of in spades by attracting young shoppers seeking a fun and affordable ride. Of course, to truly appreciate the WRX of that era one had to overlook its rougher edges - particularly in the ride quality and interior design department - but it seemed a small price to pay for such a potent package.
Flash-forward more than a decade and the market for small and fast cars is a very different place. Subaru is far from the only game in town, and with luxury brands bringing their own upscale compacts and even subcompacts into play it was clear that the WRX needed to step up its game to stay competitive and continue to expand sales beyond its core demographic. I'm happy to report that the 2015 Subaru WRX isn't just the best-driving version of the small sedan to have reached American dealerships, but that it's also the most comfortable and well-executed edition in every crucial department. The WRX is all grown up but it hasn't left its wild streak behind, which is the best possible combination for this turbocharged all-wheel drive terror.