I came off as a douche and I'm sorry. I didn't intend it coming out that way because I was just going along with your self deprecation that the car "gets no respect." I bet that car would be fun to play around with basically any car on the road include exotics (not that we talk about that stuff around here).
If I lived anywhere else in the US with snow and stuff I'll definitely like a WRX since the car owns on the loose stuff (rally ftw), but in LA it seems like overkill and often looked down upon. Average age of WRX/STI drivers that I see is about 23. It rains less than 30 times a year and what the local mountains call "snow" is pretty disappointing.
My dad dad is reluctant to let me get a WRX because of the stereotypes that comes with it. It's not as bad as an evo, but still every ricer would try to race you, especially if you have a loud exhaust.