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Pros: Terrific handling instills confidence
Cons: Elbow hits center armrest when pulling back shifter
Advice: Shop around for insurance, then buy one. Great fun in all kinds of driving!I test drove 4 other vehicles that I was interested in. Then I drove the WRX. The salesman rode with me, and I used all my willpower to maintain my disinterested attitude...I wanted that car! After some haggling over price(I later told the salesman I would have paid $500 over sticker price)I bought it. It was tough to keep the RPM under 4000 during the 1000 mi. break-in but I did. And now I've discovered what a hoot this car is to drive! I've owned 60's&70's muscle cars(400 to 520 HP)and they were fun to drive, but they were not as quick and didn't handle anything close to my WRX!!! It feels glued to the road while cornering at speed, and the racing style seats, along with the left foot-rest/brace, make one feel part of the car. I believe my WRX wagon is a true sports car with cargo space! Now a down side. These cars are designed to be very safe for the occupants, so airbags, crumple zones(front&rear),added bracing etc. make them expensive to repair in case of an accident. So insurance premiums are high(Group 17).
Pros: Well built unit
Cons: Seats and sound
Advice: Shop for autos with better seatsSubaru has always pinched on the seats and standard sound---I don't understand why they don't get it that the front seats are bearable, but not more than that. We had to upgrade the dinky cd/radio and speakers. Too bad! Finally, they could make the unit a little wider to add seat and leg room.
Pros: Subarus excellent AWD system
Cons: Headroom could be better
Advice: Sporty alternative to SUV, inc. options=excellent valueI was seriously considering a 1999 Audi A6 until I came across the newly designed Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 Sedan. Low and behold, I ended up with a sporty, brand new AWD sedan for less than I would have paid for an almost 4 year old Audi. The Audi is a lovely car with a superb interior,(best around in my opinion) but the absolute worst designed cupholders imaginable (tiny, pop out plastic things located OVER the radio!) and a poor reliability record for the '99 model I could afford. The Legacy model in previous years has boasted an excellent reliability rating as well as safety rating and should continue to do so in this model. Fun to drive,excellent visibility, good handling, terrific braking and a fabulous array of standard features sealed the deal for me. My Legacy GT has a nice leather interior w/ 8 way power drivers seat, dual front & side airbags, ABS, heated front seats, power moonroof, nice radio w/ 6 disc in dash CD player & weatherband (nifty feature!), heated side mirrors and much, much more. The dealer gave me an excellent price, I paid just over $24,000 for this loaded AWD sedan-the Audi was more $ with 40,000+ miles!I even ended up with the color I wanted-a beautiful metallic silver with a dark grey leather interior. All in all a LOT of car for the money in an attractive package that is truly fun to drive,with very responsive handling and braking. It could have better pick up when accelerating but it is more than adequate-a 6 cylinder would be terrific, though. My husband at 6'1' found the interior height a bit cramped. There is a surprising amount of room in the back seat, I have 12 & 14 year old boys and they are comfortable back there. Gas mileage is good as well-around 21/27-much better than most larger SUV types. If you are in the market for an AWD vehicle and want value for your dollar in a sporty package the Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 is definitely worth a look.
Pros: Suspension and road holding
Cons: The seats
Advice: If the seats work for you - buy it.This vehicle handles more loke a sport car than a station wagon. It is solid and sure footed. The six cylinder engine is smooth and quiet, but it does requjire the highest grade fuel for best performance. I am 6'5' and I find the seats to be terrable, hard with little leg support. Eventhough drivers leg room is stated as being 43.3' it sure dosen't feel like it.
Pros: Acceleration and road adhesion.
Cons: As expected from a performance vehicle poor gas mileage.
Advice: Get the WRX but be aware that the Mitsubishi EVO 7 is coming up.The moment we drove of the lot and stabbed the accel pedal with the a/c on, I knew this is the car for me. I used to ride a sportbike and now it is collecting dust in the garage. The only thing I miss from riding is the openess and splitting lanes in heavy traffic. I was only planning to test drive and ended up taking it home.
Pros: POWER / AWD
Cons: No leather seats / low gas millage
Advice: Great car that is fun to driveI have had a 1991 Celica GT and a 1995 Acura Integra GSR and loved'em both. I just purchased a 2002 WRX and so far so good. + s, lots of power, fairly quite ride (compared to my GSR, very quite) steering is very different but that is due to the AWD. I like the car so far. Althought, I miss the great Honda stick. It's like butter...lol. -'s not the 'chick magnet' I thought...guys seem to flock to it (heads up ladies). Anyway, I would recommend the WRX. I kinda of wish that I had got the wagon, it has a lot of room/versitly(sp).
Pros: The AWD and Power
Cons: no fold down rear seats on the sedan model
Advice: buy it, its worth every pennyI recommend a test drive, i love this car... it has great acceleration and great handling. overall i recommend this car over any other in its class.