2009 Subaru Impreza WRX SPT

Andrew Trahan

This WRX is all about the burbly, racy exhaust note! The sound is well worth the $800 that this SPT add-on costs. It's quite hard to overshadow the overall performance of the revised Impreza WRX, but that exhaust note is the easily strongest impression that I took away from my drive in this car.

Being a huge fan of stick-shift wagons, I wish I could say that same about the gearbox, but like some of my colleagues, I found the action to be a bit sloppy. I typically adore notchy Japanese gearboxes like those in so many Hondas and Mitsubishis, but I got lost in this vague-ish H-pattern on more than one occasion.

I'm not usually a fan of white cars, but this rally wagon might sneak under the radar as a bit of a sleeper. That's never a bad thing in a car that compels you to drive much more enthusiastically than you ought to.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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