With buyers rushing headlong into crossover SUVs of all sizes, the 2017 Subaru Impreza remains the sole passenger car offered with standard all-wheel drive.
The newly redesigned Impreza has a touch of Mazda 3 in the styling of its hatchback version, and the littlest Mazda is a strong competitor in general, with with a lot of available technology and some of the best driving dynamics available.
Its rear-seat room, however, is inadequate for adults.
The Hyundai Elantra has also been redesigned this year, and it remains a strong value while adding refinement.
The Kia Forte is lower-priced, and offers more features for the money, though like the rest, it doesn't offer AWD.
The VW Jetta sedan (now getting on in years) and the VW Golf hatchback both have refined cabins, but their high-efficiency TDI diesel versions are off the market until further notice, denying them a distinctive selling point.
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