Hello Forum. Long time member, first time poster.
So I am in the market for a new car. I went through a series of thoughts; a nice used Mazdaspeed 6, or maybe a used Mazdaspeed 3; something fun but under 18k. Then I went to; well, for 18k I can get a handful of decent new cars. Why get a car with 80,000 miles when I get a new car? Then I went to a new Impreza base model, for around 18k. I got the wife on board. Good deal.
But then you're like, well lets look at some options. Ooh all weather package, that sounds neat. Nav? Nice. check check check. Now it's a 22k car but loaded. Wife's still on board.
..... but wait, a WRX is just a few grand from that.... and way more fun....
So I need help from owners to help me convince my wife the WRX base model is worth it over a loaded Impreza. Tell me what you love about your car. Tell me what you loathe about your car. Tell me about the things you notice over time that can't be noticed in a test drive.
A little background --
I live in Minnesota, so an AWD car is an easy sell and basically the #1 priority in a new car. My vehicle history, and the things my wife liked about them, are as follows;
2004 Dodge SRT-4. She loved that car. Loved the exhaust burble, loved the power on tap, liked the trunk space and passanger room. Didn't worry much about the low rent interior, or torque steer or any of that. She just had a good ol' time in that car (we had 2 of them at one point)
2008 Mazda RX-8. She grew to love this car too, but it had much more negatives for us. We had a kid during this car, and the rear seat room/trunk space was... lacking. But she loved to drive it. So smooth, handles like a dream, etc... until it snows. Then she's scared s'less.
And that's her big thing is wants something good in the snow, but is also fun to drive when it's dry. The 265 HP is a harder sell than heated seats and side mirrors and a nav system since they are both capable winter vehicles.
Any other winter drivers who find the extra power was needed to get out of a tight spot, or helped avoid an accident, or something? I need anecdotal evidnce to support my case.
Thanks in advance for any input!