The Subaru WRX flogs its rally-ready hardware with the best of the compact-sport segment.
It'll always and forever be linked with the Mitsubishi Evolution, an aging warrior that's destined to be remembered fondly, what with its videogame driving feel.
The Ford Focus and Mazda 3 are the two most interesting alternatives to the WRX; the Focus ST is a rorty blast to drive, bristling with edgy performance and trim, while the Mazda 3 has extravagant styling and good road manners, though it doesn't yet have a new Mazdaspeed3 ready for sale.
Finally, there's the current VW GTI, about to be replaced but still a worthy competitor, with excellent steering and ride quality, not to mention an upright cabin that manages to be both sporty and spacious.
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