hey guys. i have around 13,000$ and am looking to make a purchase on a new car before i go back to school. i guess it's kind of stupid asking this question on a subie forum but hey i'll give it a shot. i'm finally stuck between 2 cars and it's the 06 honda civic SI or the 04-05 wrx (non sti). for one, i cannot purchase an STi and would prefer not to, so please don't suggest an STi. i test drove an 04 wrx and i really did love the power and the torque, although i haven't test driven an SI yet. The only thing that kind of makes me upset is that the interior of the WRX is really lacking and i would give it to the SI in that department for interior-wise. But, as a total car, i do love the WRX and would love an AWD car, but the only thing that really wants me to choose the SI over the WRX is that with the amount of money i have, i can get an SI with significantly less miles than the WRX. Most likely probably estimated that I can get an SI with 30-50k miles and a WRX with 70-85k miles (maybe >60k if i'm lucky). I read a couple of reviews and they basically said as a COMPLETE car, the SI wins, but the WRX is calling me since i was already from the honda game and would like to try something new.
I'm not looking to race or make my car the fastest possible, but a car with power is always nice. I would like to do light mods to whichever car i buy and basically make it look and sound nice. Any opinions would be greatly welcome since i'm coming close to my purchase. Thanks for reading.