Subaru's Lesson for Detroit

The WRX Sport Wagon is the sort of car U.S. auto makers can't quite seem to build: fast, fun, and full of value

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The Good: Price, speed, standard all-wheel drive

The Bad: Merely average gas mileage (but, hey, it's supercharged)

The Bottom Line: Who needs an SUV?

When you're behind the wheel of a Subaru station wagon, it's hard to figure out how the SUV craze ever got started in the first place. Subarus come in a variety of sizes and degrees of ruggedness, and all have standard all-wheel drive that powers them through snow, ice, and mud almost as well as any SUV. They're also safe, reasonably priced and reliable. They get better gas mileage than most SUVs, and are roomy enough to fill the needs of most people 95% of the time. Some of them are even a blast to drive.

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