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Subaru WRX STI

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3.1 (Good)

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When the Subaru WRX STI first debuted on these shores 14 years ago, the winged blue-and-gold wonder was unlike anything else on the road. It uniquely combined all-wheel drive, a boxer-style four-cylinder engine, and a slick rally-bred suspension – and the result was a car that let ordinary drivers feel like heroes as they sluiced through their favorite stretches of dirt and gravel two-tracks. That mission has remained unchanged even as the years have passed and competitors have come and gone. With its niche solidly locked down, the WRX STI power-slides, backfires, and bunny-hops into 2019 as the undisputed king of high-speed dirt-road hijinks.

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