The January issue of Automobile Magazine stated that The WRX not only stands toe-to-toe with much pricier German cars, but it establishes itself as a new performance icon.
This car is the best performance bargain in the land. With its potent turbo engine, all-wheel-drive chassis, and rally-car feel, the WRX provides a uniquely engaging driving experience, even in the firmament of performance cars. The concept has been years in the making, but its new to American drivers, and theyll find it an absolute blast. With its utter livability and affordability, it democratizes high-performance cars for a whole new class of drivers. Its this years breakthrough car.
The WRX also received a 10 Best award for 2002 from Car and Driver magazine and the WRX Sport Wagon was named 2002 Best in Class Minivan/Station Wagon by American Woman Road & Travel magazine.