2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium

No, this isn't a WRX, but that doesn't mean a base Impreza isn't at least a little sporty. The 2.5-liter offers a decent amount of pep, and despite having only four gears, the automatic transmission is a good match for this car -- shifts are executed in a smooth, succinct manner, and it loves to hang onto gears when pushed into "sport" mode. I'd love to have one of these as a daily driver -- it's comfortable, somewhat entertaining, and seeing as I do live in mid-Michigan, the all-wheel-drive system is nothing short of a boon.

If you plan on regularly hauling sizable loads of luggage, groceries, or other cargo, you'll want to spring the extra $500 for the four-door hatchback model. The Impreza sedan's largest downfall is its small trunk -- a sizable portion of the load floor is raised to accommodate the rear suspension, which does slightly encroach into its usable space.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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