This is a discussion on Limits of WRX within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by ledman41 Indeed, but my job may have me moving westward to the likes of Utah, Washington state ...
I was in the same boat as you! I'm an automotive enthusiast that loves the driving experience, but also an outdoorsman.
I really like the Outback. It is bigger, more comfortable, extremely capable on terrain, still has decent acceleration and gets the same fuel economy as the WRX.
The WRX is just so much more fun to drive, on a daily basis. The cargo space is still extremely impressive, and can still carry four adults. I had to look at how often I took those gravel/dirt roads to trailheads or campsites and think of how much I was willing to compromise for the terrain that makes up for the bulk of the driving.
I realized a limitation this summer when I couldn't make it onto some soft sand where the Outback would have sailed on through. But I did manage a creek crossing after seeing a sedan make it through:
Ground clearance is about the same as a typical sedan. The snow tires I went with are slightly taller, and I think I could have gone even taller if I go with a set of adjustable coilovers so I can raise it an inch in the winter and lower it an inch in the summer.
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