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    2016 WRX vs 2016 STI driver feel question

    I had the chance to test drive both the 2016 wrx limited vs. the 2016 base STI over the weekend and I came away with some opinions and was curious to see if anyone else who has driven both cars felt the same way. The “pros” and “cons” I’m listing are not really from a statistical standpoint of what each car has/doesn’t have, but more of driver feeling:

    ’16 WRX Limited-
    Pros: car has good power delivery and handling. Comfortable ride, not too stiff, and apparently great mpg for what it is.
    Cons: for a +$30k , the interior, even with the leather seats, looked fairly cheap, I know that’s not what you’re paying for, but still sort of bugged me. The throttle was SUPER twitchy, if you step on the gas pedal a half-millimeter, you’re already violating the 4k break-in rpms. The shifter feel wasn’t that great either, not really notchy, but just sort of “loose”. The driver experience as a whole wasn’t what I expected, with a general theme of an “uncontrolled” or "unpredictable" feeling of powering around corners. Maybe I just need to get used to the car, I don’t know. I was going into the dealer to order the 6MT WRX limited and then I had second thoughts after my test drive, and then I drove the STI..

    ’16 STI Base-
    Pros: the car seems much more stable and controlled, throttle wasn’t as twitchy/goofy, and the power actually felt smoother to me, despite the slight turbo-lag increase vs the WRX. The overall driving experience was better, and this is just driving around legal streets, pushing it a little. Brakes were awesome too.
    Cons: A few thousand more $$ than the WRX, worse mpg, older engine? (is that even really a con?, I’d like some opinions)
    I’m really leaning towards the STI now, but I’m wondering if it’s bad timing if Subaru is about to unleash a 2.5 DIT beast.
    Has anyone else felt the same way from driving both cars?
    Thanks!

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    I owned a 2015 WRX limited for almost 11 months and traded it for a 2016 STi base , no regrets ! The STi is far more docile in an urban environment . The transmission is soooo much better , for me it was almost worth the cost alone . The power band with the WRX makes it a bit jumpy in stop and go traffic whereas the STi's is easier to deal with . WRX electric steering is super light and has no road feel the STi is downright heavy .
    With the STi you have better brakes , steering , transmission and suspension . But you also have the old engine and gas milage is way worse . With a bit over 5k miles on mine my average mpg is 19.8 ; my 2015 WRX had averaged 26.4 in my time with it . My commute is very urban , high traffic and I have a lead foot .
    Most owners of WRX's and STi's will mod them , with the STi you have the better platform . I really liked my WRX but I love my STi !
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    I own a limited wrx

    I rather have a limited sti (moonroof Is must for me). Sti trans, suspension is head and shoulders above the wrx, as it should be.

    That said, after my previous EJ experience I am not subjecting myself to another till motor is updated
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    Thanks for the feedback...I really like the STI and I could feel the differences compared to the WRX (transmission, steering). The reason I'm on the fence is that I suspect Subaru isn't talking about the future STI engine because it would stop all current STI sales? Maybe I should wait another year? It's hard to wait when the boss just gave me the green light, and I better jump on it before she wants another home improvement.

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    Subarus plans till 2022 is laid out here

    If 2016 sti speaks to you, and you have boss ok, do it !

    My boss, my kids, even my dad says I should have gotten sti . Kick a dog while it's down!!!
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    Haha, WRX is still great...

    I guess I'll have to research more about Subaru's plans..

    I do think the STI speaks to me...I should take a weekend job as "the STI whisperer"..I can go around and tell the owners what is wrong just by placing my hands on the wing..."why are you racing people at stop lights? Your STI is telling me to tell you to grow up and stop being a fast n' furious wannabee".."Also, your STI is thirsty for some RT6, not this aspartame-filled M1 crap"..

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    The sti wing has more effect on me than Viagra ....

    I hate wings in general on all cars
    But once you go wrx /sti/evo, I feel the need for the wing

    I just won't ever put it on my wrx

    Essentially I will have to spend 10k more for the wing (throw in the sti for free)
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    But overall, 91355wrx, have you been pretty happy with your WRX limited? I liked driving it over all, just compared to the STI, I noticed the differences...I'm on the fence between the two.

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    It's my beater and grocery getter
    I am very happy with it
    I wish the seat heater were placed better
    And it had memory seats

    But no other complaints

    When I want to go fast, I ride my bikes or get in my sports cars
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    Nice car to get groceries! You can use that boost to get home before the ice cream melts! The problem is my budget will only allow for one (sporty) car...that being said, maybe the STI is the way to go then. My days of the garage queen car are over...

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    If I could have one sporty car for my mountain driving , track days, grocery getter I would NEVER buy the wrx

    STi all the way
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    ...and being in Colorado, I'm all about the mountain driving...

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    ...I can't find anything about Subaru's future plans through 2022..maybe I don't know how to search..if it's not too much trouble can you link me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbs2112 View Post
    ...I can't find anything about Subaru's future plans through 2022..maybe I don't know how to search..if it's not too much trouble can you link me?
    Of course I can !

    As a lowly wrx owner, I am here to serve:


    Subaru WRX Forecast (2016-2022)
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbs2112 View Post
    I had the chance to test drive both the 2016 wrx limited vs. the 2016 base STI over the weekend and I came away with some opinions and was curious to see if anyone else who has driven both cars felt the same way. The “pros” and “cons” I’m listing are not really from a statistical standpoint of what each car has/doesn’t have, but more of driver feeling:

    ’16 WRX Limited-
    Pros: car has good power delivery and handling. Comfortable ride, not too stiff, and apparently great mpg for what it is.
    Cons: for a +$30k , the interior, even with the leather seats, looked fairly cheap, I know that’s not what you’re paying for, but still sort of bugged me. The throttle was SUPER twitchy, if you step on the gas pedal a half-millimeter, you’re already violating the 4k break-in rpms. The shifter feel wasn’t that great either, not really notchy, but just sort of “loose”. The driver experience as a whole wasn’t what I expected, with a general theme of an “uncontrolled” or "unpredictable" feeling of powering around corners. Maybe I just need to get used to the car, I don’t know. I was going into the dealer to order the 6MT WRX limited and then I had second thoughts after my test drive, and then I drove the STI..

    ’16 STI Base-
    Pros: the car seems much more stable and controlled, throttle wasn’t as twitchy/goofy, and the power actually felt smoother to me, despite the slight turbo-lag increase vs the WRX. The overall driving experience was better, and this is just driving around legal streets, pushing it a little. Brakes were awesome too.
    Cons: A few thousand more $$ than the WRX, worse mpg, older engine? (is that even really a con?, I’d like some opinions)
    I’m really leaning towards the STI now, but I’m wondering if it’s bad timing if Subaru is about to unleash a 2.5 DIT beast.
    Has anyone else felt the same way from driving both cars?
    Thanks!
    I don't know what the right answer is for you, however, I had the same type of feelings on the WRX with a little less focus on the twitchy throttle. basically, the interior felt a bit cheaper than I'd like, and that everything about the STi felt "right" during the test drive. I got the STi. I justified it 9 ways to sunday, but the main reasons were that I felt more connected to the driving experience, it felt more "special", I liked the look better (wing and wheels), I liked the interior better (alcantara esp), and I felt like I'd get most of the price difference back at resale time.

    I've had the car for 5 months. There are days I love it, and days I'm frustrated with it. Some days everything is clicking, I feel like I'm driving like a superstar. Others I'm struggling with 1st and 2nd gear (mostly 1st gear engagement) around my neighborhood and feeling every bump. I don't think the WRX would have fixed those issues. I do feel, since I've had it, that if I got the WRX to save the money, I'd be thinking that, if only I got the STi, X would be better...

    I have a tendency to have an ideal and then try and find an answer on the cheap. ie: I want the STi, but don't want to spend the 35K for it, so I would justify to myself that the WRX fits my needs and is almost the same, almost as good, better in some respects. Lots of that is or can be true depending on what you're looking for, but this time I decided to splurge.
    2016 Base STi WRB
    Gone but not forgotten: 2012 Mustang GT -White, 2003 MR2 - Green and tan, 2001 Ford Escape, 2003 Honda Accord, 2002 Nissan Maxima, 1999 VW Beetle, 1990 Infiniti M30, 1993 Sentra SE-R, 1987 Chevy Chevette

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