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The high-performance Subaru WRX has always been a favorite for enthusiasts, and the STI is an extra-special bonus. It offers all-wheel drive and turbocharged power at a reasonable price. The 2016 Subaru WRX STI has more power, better grip and is more fun than ever before. But in addition to the WRX's amazing capabilities, it's also very drivable on a daily basis. Here are five reasons why the WRX STI is worth your consideration.

Zesty Acceleration

Those who know the WRX well are aware that it has a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The STI, however, increases to 2.5 liters and delivers a commanding 305 horsepower, but by no means is the normal WRX a downgrade. In fact, hp is rated at 268, and the 258 lb-ft of torque goes across a wider range than before. What you end up with is a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of about 5 seconds flat. That is some serious performance.

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Subaru broadens its horizons with the WRX, giving it an optional continuously variable automatic transmission, with shift paddles just in case you don't want a clutch. But rest assured, the manual transmission is still a 6-speed manual, and it is smoother than ever. Depending on which version you choose, the WRX also returns up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway, proving that all-wheel drive and high-performance turbo power can manage to be fuel efficient -- progression at its finest.

Tenacious Handling

Rally cars are part of the WRX's history, and you can feel that spirit from behind the wheel. With standard all-wheel drive, precise sharp steering and a sport-tuned suspension, the WRX makes a simple quick trip to the grocery store an exhilarating experience. It is never boring or stale, and it begs to be driven hard. Don't pass on an opportunity to take the WRX on a closed course, because the handling will blow you away.

Upgraded Interior

In the past, the WRX's interior amenities weren't anything super special, but the current Subaru Impreza actually has an impressive cabin layout, and since the WRX is based on the Impreza, you'll see some of the same beautiful touches. Highlights include a 4.3-inch display on top of the dash, quality soft-touch materials and even a rearview camera. It's a nice place to be.

Everyday Practicality

Even though you can no longer get the WRX as a hatchback, it's still one of the most practical high-performance cars out there. It offers four doors, five seats and plenty of space for adult passengers, even the taller ones. Not to mention that it has 12 cu ft. of trunk space, so there is ample room on road trips, and the rear seatbacks fold down if you need even more space.

Autotrader Says

The 2016 Subaru WRX STI is a practical performance car you can drive all year round. Starting under $30K, it's worth checking it out to see why it's a must-drive in this class.

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