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?