Last week I drove the WRX out to a cookout at my friends land. There was rain in the forecast so I couldn't wait to try out the WRX in a little mud. Later that night the sky got ugly and there was a tornado warning issued for the area. My friend has not built on his land yet, so we all had to retreat to his neighbors house a 1/2 mile down the road to seek shelter. The terrential pouring rain quickly turned the field into a slick mud pit. I dropped off my wife and son and went back for my other friends because I had a feeling they were stuck. My friend who had just purchased a 2004 F250 4X4 had gotten stuck in the mud under some trees. I thought he was hiding under the trees because it had begun to hail. As I got closer and slid down the hill, I saw his tires spinning. I wound up right beside him after my slide. I tested for traction and I was still able to move. The rest of my friends piled in my car, and the Subaru got them to safety. After that night I was thoroughly impressed with the AWD system on the WRX. The bad news is my car suffered some nice dents from the hail. It sounded like someone was throwing golfballs at it. I also got a nice scratch on one of the back doors.