8. Subaru WRX/WRX STI
The WRX is yet another icon in its respective segment that underwent some major cosmetic surgery. Not only does it look nothing like its predecessor, but it also finally gets to stand as its own model separate from the Impreza lineup. As a standalone model, this gave Subaru’s design team a little extra freedom to make this wide-body sedan stand out from the crowd.
Under the reworked skin lies a brand-new platform that is more rigid and allows for better handling. Included with this new platform is a new drivetrain that includes a 2.0-liter boxer-four that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque — a 3-horsepower and 14-pound-feet gain over the 2014 Impreza WRX’s 2.5-liter engine — a new standard six-speed manual transmission, an optional Lineartronic CVT with six- and eight-speed manual modes, and new Active Torque Vectoring. The WRX STI also receives the updated platform and body, but retains its 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine that delivers 305 horses and 290 pound-feet of torque.