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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Subaru Impreza WRX
What is it? Subaru just can't stop tinkering with the WRX. This is already the second freshening in two years. The WRX is adopting a new wide-body look similar to the STI, achieved mostly by dramatic fenders and an increase of 1.5 inches in the front and rear track and wider 17-inch wheels. Completing the new aggressive look is a new grill and spoiler with three-dimensional detailing.

The WRX four- and five-door models will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine producing 265-hp and matched with a five-speed manual transmission. Body changes only add 33 pounds, so performance should stay the same. Both vehicles have a 60/40 split rear seat for extra cargo versatility.

Inside, the WRX features carbon black checkered upholstery with red accent stitching. A new audio system with radio and single-disc CD player features Bluetooth, iPod control capability, a USB port, auxiliary input jack, and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio capability.

What's new or notable? To fill out the wider fender flares, the WRX has a 1.5-inch wider track, front and rear, and 1-inch wider tires all around.

CR's take: While the WRX's younger target buyers could gravitate toward the showy new bodywork, we miss the more subtle, but great handling 2009 model.

When will it be available? Summer 2010.

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