1997-99 Subaru Impreza
The Impreza came as a two- or four-door sedan, or as a five-door wagonette that resembled Wayne and Garth's AMC Pacer. Its real claim to fame, though, is the standard all-wheel-drive system, underpinning every Subaru since 1997.
There's not much ground clearance, but four-wheel grip is there precisely when you require it. It's the best choice for clandestine four wheeling, offering all the benefits and none of the trappings of owning a SUV. The system endows the car with remarkable stability at speed.
Imprezas are very reliable and cheap to keep, with good fuel economy. The 2.2-litre "boxer" four is preferred over the larger 2.5L four, which is prone to eating its gaskets. Otherwise, the Impreza is impressive winter transportation, which is why finding one for sale isn't easy.
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