2009 Subaru Impreza WRX SPT

Andrew Trahan

After loudly extolling the virtues of the Four Seasons Mitsubishi Evo, I found myself puzzled, as to whether I felt the same about this tarted-up version of the Impreza WRX. Sure, it has a horsepower bump over the WRX (275 v. 265), but it's a piddling increase compared to the STI's 30-hp advantage. I'm not really a fan of go-fast appearance packages, save for Audi's S-line, and it seems that's what the SPT designation brings to the WRX.

For what it's worth, it was a hoot to drive, as much at home on the highway as it was carving up--er, gently guiding around corners for beauty shots--Belle Isle just outside Detroit. The high-revving engine is matched well to a balanced clutch and an excellent driver compartment.

As far as efficiency goes, Phil is definitely right, but I'd take the hatchback/wagon over the awkward the Impreza sedan any day.

Jeffrey Jablansky, Intern

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