The Subaru WRX has long danced on the line between the consumer-friendly Impreza and the gravel-spitting STI. It still dances on that line in its all-new form for 2015, but the WRX has also changed a great deal, which makes this the perfect time to revisit the WRX for a Four Seasons test.

The 2015 Subaru WRX’s new exterior is far more STI than Impreza. Every body crease and bulge comes straight from the STI -- only the big rear wing is missing. The aggressive styling, however, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with an uncomfortable cabin with shabby materials, as the WRX’s interior is a desirable departure from its predecessor’s. We made our car even nicer by equipping it with a navigation system and a nine-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system for $2,000.

Sadly, Subaru has dropped the hatchback from the WRX lineup. The sedan’s rear seats do fold flat, making it very practical. The 2015 Subaru WRX is also more accessible to the masses now that the WRX is once again available with two pedals, something we haven’t seen since 2008. The automatic comes at a price, though. You have to pony up for a Premium or Limited trim level and then pay $1,200 for the continuously variable transmission. It’s a good transmission, much better than the slushbox from all those years ago, and it adds a launch control feature to the WRX. That said, it doesn’t make us smile the way the standard six-speed manual does, so that’s what we opted for. Not to mention, the stick is a better mate for the car’s all-new, 268-hp turbo flat-four.

Over the coming months, we’ll live with this new-generation WRX on daily commutes and road trips. Then, between long slogs, we’ll test its ability to tackle occasional track days, slide around on dirt, and plow through snow. We’ll see how well this all-new 2015 Subaru WRX straddles daily-driving comfort and rally-bred performance.

BODY STYLE4-door sedan

ACCOMMODATION5-passenger

CONSTRUCTIONSteel unibody

BASE PRICE (WITH DEST.)$29,290

AS TESTED$31,290

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