I traded my WRX wagon in back in January and got me a black XT. Right now I have a little over 3k miles on it. I can honestly say that the XT can take a WRX stock for stock. Just like a lot of other owners, I felt the XT's handling just plainly sucked. Even after owning it for a few weeks I was ready to let my wife have it and I would just take her car. Since then I have put on a set of 17" Rota Tarmac 2's with summer tires and the STI 20mm rear sway bar. It is an astonishing transformation with only these to upgrades. Curves that I took at 65-70mph in my WRX I can also take in my XT. I stand by my claim and I truly feel this vehicle performs just as well if not better than my WRX with 17" wheels and tires alone. Anyone who doubts me, come and take a ride.
Oh, btw, sorry for the highjack