I was at one of my local dealers, working on a deal for a new WRX and, when we went out for a ride, he said to "keep it really short".
Unlike most mass-production cars, where there's a demo available for slapping around, I understand that with more rare cars, such as a WRX, a dealer must strike a balance between allowing prospective customers to reasonably test a vehicle and providing near-zero miles products to those very customers.
Out of curiosity, I asked the salesman how they handle prospective STI customers. He said they won't even offer a test drive until they've fiddled around with paperwork for awhile and, only after that, is the customer allowed a very short drive.
What experiences have you found? Are dealers around you more free with the test drives? Mind you, I'm referring to drives on new vehicles, not used. Although, for the purposes of a 2014 WRX, a ride in a couple-year-old one might be enough to get a feel for what you're buying.