New to the forums here, but, long story, short: I test drove a 2017 WRX limited yesterday, and after testing other cars, like the GTI, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST, I found the WRX to be the most enjoyable. I really would like a 2016 or a 2017, but I'm really on the fence about purchasing a new car for a few reasons: depreciation suffers the most in the car's first 2 years, excise tax will be higher (I live in MA), and the cost to purchase will be more. So here are the options I have:
Purchase a 2016/17 WRX limited with the options I want, hope to pay an out-the-door price of no more than 34k, and deal with the cost to own expenses of a new car. The second option is to shop around for a 2015, as they are considered used, but still have the new 2.0 engine, as well as most of the options I want (Harman Kardon, sunroof, rearview camera, push button start), but I'd be missing out on the larger wheels, better head unit, some safety features, and a few other small improvements. I was able to find a 2015 WRX with the features I want with ~22k miles with an asking price of 28k. I guess my biggest hangup with a WRX with that kind of mileage is that it's near impossible to determine if the car was driven hard or not. I was also hoping to purchase a Crystal Pearl White or WR Blue Pearl WRX, and while the 2015 is not a color I dislike (Ice Silver Metallic), it's not my top 2.
I know I obviously need to make a decision for myself, but I was hoping to get some feedback here on which option people feel would be best from an overall kind of standpoint—particularly those who are familiar with the differences between the 2015 and 2016/17 WRXs.