I'm doing research for buying a new vehicle in the next 6-12 months. The first thing to catch my eye was the Genesis coupe however I can't really get the options I want in the 2.0T without having to jump to the V6. I'm also interested in the Ford ST however I despise the FWD handling characteristics and really want a RWD car. I'll probably test drive a BRZ/FRS however 150 ft-lb of torque has me concerned. I was a bit surprised a WRX could be had for $30k (which is my limit) so I'm here to research. The STI also has peaked my interest since I would like to do track days however its a big jump in price.
I always thought the WRX was a good looking car and there seems to be a lot of turning options which is a big plus. My initial disappointments so far are the bad gas mileage and the premium fuel requirement considering the HP produced, and that it only has a 5 speed MT. The genesis and ST have smaller engines (both turbocharged), produce the same if not more HP and can run regular if one wants to drone down the highway on a trip not really needing max HP. They also get in the low 30's mpg on the highway. From what I can tell there won't be a re-design in 2013 so I'm concerned the following year they come out with a direct injected engine and 6 speed MT or double clutch gearbox giving it more power and better mileage and I'll be pissed. I'm creeping up on 90k miles on my '06 X-Runner so I don't think I'll try to stretch to a '14 model.