I say just get the WRX. I kind of sorta knew how to drive stick when I bought my car. I stalled and chugged my way back home but I practiced every night when I got home. Within a week I understood what went on and I wasn't too bad. As time goes on you'll get the feel of the car and it will become second nature to you.
I read this article before and after I got the car and I believe it just kind of put things in perspective and has helped me learn.