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Advice: Drive it, you will like it!After testing Acura RSX-S, Mini Cooper S, and Neon SRT/4, I bought a Subaru WRX Impreza Sport Wagon. Everything about it seemed better: acceleration (esp. smoothness), ride, handling, finish, interior and sound system. I have owned many sports cars in the 45 years that I have been driving and this is one of the Best!
Pros: CD I GUESS
Cons: WELL IT WAS NICE TO MOVE THE CUP HOLDER FROM OVER THE RADIO- TAPE PLAYER
Advice: TAKE ONE OUT FOR A TEST DRIVEPURCHASED A 2005 IMPREZA 2.5 RS SEDAN LIKE THE AWD HAD A 1994 IMPREZA. LIVE UP HERE IN FAIRBANKS ALASKA, IT IS THE ONLY CAN TO DRIVE. DOES EXCELLANT IN THE SNOW.
Pros: Performance and handling
Cons: Nothing in particular bothers me.
Advice: If stealth is what you want, check out the wagon. It's better looking and practical too.Quite surprising power above 3500 rpm. Not much punch off the line unless you abuse the clutch, but from about 20 to 80 mph, hang on! At first the turbo lag was an issue, but now that I've learned how to drive the car, I rarely notice it. Handling was the big surprise. You don't expect a car that looks like this to be such a canyon burner! It takes a set in a corner and just claws it's way around it. This has got to be THE biggest sleeper on the road. This is a fantastic car, and so, so much fun to drive.
Pros: Performance, gas mileage (27mpg highway), AWD
Cons: no standard turbo guage
Advice: I would skip on the carbon fiber trim and get the Turbo boost guage and upgraded stereoThe first time I drove the WRX I was hooked. I remember taking the car out (without the dealer :-), finding the closest backroad, pulling up to an empty 4-way intersection, revving the engine to 5000 rpm's and dropping the clutch while in first gear. The car was explosive! It took off the line like a rocket! All 4 tires squeeking for a split second and then I was gone! I bought it the very next day and have been happy ever since (80k miles later).
Pros: fantastic power delivery
Cons: spoiler blocks view of cars directly behind you.
Advice: Fantastic car capable of putting smiles on five people at once.The Sti is a very capable and supurb handling vehicle. To compare it to the Evo VIII, it is vastly easier to drive daily as it has a broader power band that is easier to modulate by comparison. There is more power at the low end of the tach whereas the EVO reminds of an old two stroke dirt bike or Banchee for the power characteristics-lots of lag then terrific and difficult to modulate power-the right peddle is an on/off switch only. The Sti has variable valve timing and has little lag and usable power off turbo, a far better power plant. The handling is first rate,and equally capable, however the feel is not as precise as the EVO. The build quality is excellent, however most things you would expect to come standard on a $32k turbo charged sports car are options-most notably the radio and speakers, and of all things-the turbo boost guage-Whats up with that?
Pros: Power and lots of it.. and handling is awesome .. saved my bacon more than once
Cons: uh... the ABS can't do it as well as I can
Advice: Hold on... tight.... grit teeth... smile and laugh hysterically.... OK, now start it upThis is the best all around car I've ever owned (over 30 cars). I feel safe in it because I know the car can do anything I ask of it. Only the Cooper S (1963) could corner better and only the 69 Road Runner was quicker to speed. My wife also loves this car dearly and is not afraid to push it hard. It's wonderful on snow and ice, with fresh rubber, anyway. The ABS is a bit odd, but you do get used to it. All of the complaints I've ever heard about turbo lag and so forth, do not exist with this car. I even like the stereo. The seats are terrific and you can go all day without destroying your lower back. It's got 65,000 miles on it and I have only had a very few minor problems... a window popped off the track and it had a radiator hose go south. Other than that....zip. At this mileage it still blows away the usual Audi's and BMW's. Ho hum...
Pros: the power
Advice: buy one as soon as possible!I am 57 and love my new STi! It is so much fun to drive. I have been driving stick shifts for 35 years and this car is the best! I highly recommend it to those who like to drive their car instead of being driven by the car. I look forward to driving everyday.