I'm in the market for a new daily driver, done a ton of research and formed a list of 4 rides with pros and cons for each.. but there are some reviewers out there that seem to be biased. Pretty much exhausted "expert" reviews, so I'm looking at various forums to see what real owners feel. I hope this goes better than the civic si forum thing did.
Looking at 2012/11 models. SI, MS3, GTI, WRX. The list of things I'm looking for are (in no particular order) safety, performance, reliability, MPG. Currently in a 00 civic, mpg and reliability are off the charts, but the drive is boring. I want more speed and handling, a reason to have fun in my car.
I'm a big fan of the look of the new WRX, the pure performance aspect, and the AWD. (live in WI, winter etc) Not so big of a fan of the MPG, or the price.. but at least with the WRX I feel like you're getting value. All in all I really like it, currently 1st on my list.
MS3 performance wise is awesome, and the price is right but the exterior is a mess, the mesh black/red seats are a disaster.. I really don't know if I could bring myself to drive it. Oh, no sunroof option either.. straw, meet camel etc.
The si is 4 stars as far as reliability/mpg/safety/price, but the exterior is bland, the interior is.. odd.. and performance wise it really doesn't bring much to the table. Plus when I made a post on an si forum similar to this one, I was instantly attacked by a few people for saying that things like mpg and reliability are as important as 0-60 times.. if that's the "normal" si owner I'm not sure I want to be one.
GTI has a fantastic interior/mpg, but from reviews and videos and such it isn't as quick as the MP3/WRX. Cost is high here too. Everyone says the shifter is amazing and it handles like a dream, but if I'm dropping 26-30 grand I don't want to feel like my car is underpowered.
So anyone own or driven these vehicles? Different opinions from what I've listed? How's the reliability on your WRX? Handling/interior quality on the WRX v GTI? (those 2 are at the top of my list, followed by the si then the MS3) How is the
distance driving on the WRX? I make a 5 hour trip 2-3 times a year, comfort would be a plus.