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What do you guys think?2nd Place: Subaru WRX
Lieberman voted the WRX in first place, and here's why: "If going fast down a twisty road is your goal, check out the WRX. Great power. Great gearing for the real world. You don't need the torque vectoring because the car's so stable -- just switch everything off and enjoy. Flinty yet sporty ride even on bad surfaces -- that makes the car feel fun. Solid brakes. Just a blast. Engine even sounds pretty good for a little turbo, especially when compared to the Mini and the GTI." To support Jonny's case, the WRX was the quickest in all acceleration stats as well as around Streets of Willow. Its Real MPG combined number proved 1 mpg better than that of the lighter front-drive GTI. And the other judges heaped plenty of praise, too. Martinez: "It not only goes, it also changes directions with an impressive immediacy and control. Its grip level is immense." Kong: "The objectively quickest and most immediate here. Feels relatively plush on very big suspension movements (its control has been tuned well) -- none of that abruptness you get in the Mini." Pobst: "Gives me a sense of quality and strength, like the drivetrain and the parts in the steering and suspension are well-made. I like the damping a lot. Whereas the Civic felt too soft and the Mini seemed to be bottoming and having snapping reactions, the Subaru was very happy over some pretty wild stuff. The rally heritage comes to mind."
The divide from second to first was fractionally close, but the little things kept the WRX from the win. The gearbox felt notchy compared to the fluid GTI's (and downright clunky next to the Civic's); the brakes offered up a nice, firm pedal, but lacked any sense of linear progression, resulting in a gee-I-hope-it-stops impression; and the interior lacked the polish and quietness of the VW's. The WRX is an immensely quick, fun, and capable car; it just hasn't graduated from finishing school.