2009 Subaru Impreza WRX SPT

Andrew Trahan

As fun as this WRX wagon may be, Mike's right - that $32,779 price tag hovers awfully close to an STI. How is this a bargain?

It's not, but that isn't necessarily the fault of the SPT parts. This inflated sticker price largely stems from the fact that we started with an Impreza WRX Premium model. Sure, the sunroof, navigation, and satellite radio are nice--but are they worth the $3000 extra over a base WRX wagon, especially if you're trying to built a hot hatch-cum-rally weapon on the cheap?

And man, what a fun rally wagon this thing is. I had a blast ripping through some dirt back roads the other night, quick shifting through that delightful shifter in order to hear more of that sonorous exhaust. There's no denying this WRX isn't lightning-quick, but I wish it were a little more sure-footed. Our Four Seasons Lancer Evolution MR is a little less tail-happy through loose terrain, but that's a bit like comparing oranges to clementines.

Yes, Mike, I'm sure you could find a number of similar parts for this car through sources other than Subaru Performance Tuning, but I doubt they would carry a warranty, or keep the original factory warranty (relatively) intact. I think the extra cost is worth the extra peace of mind.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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