Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be properly introduced to the new WRX and I quite enjoyed my time with the Subaru sedan. Needless to say, I became a fan and you can read my full review of the WRX here. The meaner, tougher, harsher sibling of the WRX, the WRX STI is in a lot of ways identical but when it comes to the overall driving experience they vary considerably. I won’t go into items such as the interior appointments as they are virtually identical between the two models but rest assured, I’m a fan of everything Subaru has accomplished on the interior.
The exterior is aggressive but in any color other than the traditional blue pictured above (mine was grey), it seems a bit out of place. I love all the aggressive styling upgrades like the hood, front fascia and flared fenders except one thing – the spoiler. It honestly feels rather silly to have a spoiler that tall on a car and even though I’m sure it serves a purpose if I were to purchase the STI the spoiler would be the first thing to go. A look in the rear view mirror is a somewhat painful reminder that you could possibly be too old for this car. But honestly, the reason you buy the WRX STI is not for the styling cues, it’s for the raw, go-kart-like performance.
The WRX STI provides an exhilarating, eventful and sometimes frightening experience (in a good way!) as the more you push it, the more it begs for more. I simply could not find a corner it couldn’t master with ease as if the STI mockingly scoffs at the fact that a simple hairpin turn could make it uncomfortable. Every engagement of the boost seems to be a fresh experience as the power from the OG 2.5L power plant (which is basically the same motor its had for a decade) thrusts you into your seat everytime. And regarding the aging motor, I agree with Subaru’s logic – if it aint broke, don’t fix it. The perfect powerband coupled with rail-like suspension is a recipe for a ride you simply never get tired of. But this type of control certainly comes at a price as although the suspension is great for windy roads or the track, speed bumps in the grocery store parking lot and other daily obstacles make it a bit unsettling at times. That being said, if you have a daily driver sedan or SUV already, grab the STI and carve the concrete on the weekends. If you wants a car that encompasses everything that can still be driven daily, grab the WRX. Either way, you’re golden.
Damage: $38, 495.00
Power: 305 hp, 290 lb.-ft.
0-60: 4.8 sec
Gas Cash: 17 City, 23 Hwy
Miles Driven: 300