Hey there! I went round and round with what to do for my next car. Previous was a Cadillac CTS-4 (wasn't me), before that was a 2004 Roush Stage 2 mustang (was really me, but totally impractical, especially with 3 kids). I knew I wanted all wheel drive (northern Indiana), knew I wanted to go back to turbos (91 GSX, 91 TSi AWD, 93 Laser RS, 94 GSX, 97 TSi AWD, 98 GSX). I thought I wanted STi or Evo, but alas, I was looking at 08's with 50k miles, but the three i drove had all been jacked with. I started poking around the internet and saw all the great things about the WRX (I built Legacy's and outbacks at Subarus's Lafayette, IN plant for 7 years, but that ended back in 04).
Just so happened my dealer had an order cancellation, and had a 2013 Plasma Blue 5 door. I drove it and was floored. It easily out performed my Roush. I have read so much about actual numbers and how fast they are, and I must say, it is really fast.
Which brings me to my issue. We need to fight the magazines in the quest to tear down the WRX. The interior is perfect the way it is. And if anyone in the forum wants to argue that, I have to tell you to stop! I was a mustang man from 2000 until 2011. People all complained about the mustang interior and how cheap and plastic it was. Well, they fixed that! and now the base mustang is $23000 and you can't hardly touch a GT for 30. I am driving a car that does zero to 60 in five seconds, it is AWD, it has excellent styling. No one, No one can touch it for anywhere near the money. DO you want to trade that for some "soft touch" interior components?
And for the record (preaching to the Choir), The GTI, the Focus ST cannot be compared to the WRX. I drove both in my quest for car, and both of them have to have the pedal feathered in rain, the ST barely got out of the dealer's lot when we had some snow. I drove the WRX home in the snow!. You are looking at cars that cost basically the same, but both have HP deficits, both have rear axle deficits, one had two door deficits. Not to mention neither comes close on the 0-60 times. It seems that people are comparing the interiors of those cars to the WRX. There is a reason Subaru can pack all that performance into the WRX and the competition can't.
Please join me in fighting the "WRX needs better interior and better Radio" bandwagon.
Oh, and by the way, Thanks for having me! Glad to be a member. I am usually not this opinionated, but I saw what happened to the mustang and dont want to see it again!