I've never owned a Subaru, an all-wheel drive vehicle or a turbo-charged vehicle before. I currently drive an '09 Accord i4 automatic sedan which has become very boring and monotonous to drive. The one thing it has going for it is reliability...regular fluid changes, tire rotations and new rear brake pads is all it has needed in the last five years. It's now paid off and I want something more fun to drive. I recently had an all-day test drive of a new Accord EX-L V6 coupe with 6-speed manual. It has good power and a very slick gearbox. The technology features (navigation, blind spot camera, backup camera, lane departure warning, front collision warning, memory seating, etc.), other creature comforts and all around build quality were very good (except for an average to sub-par stereo) for a $30,000 vehicle. I made up my mind to buy one but the dealer could not locate the color I wanted with a V6 and manual tranny (Honda has stopped making the 2013's since the 2014's are due out in a little over a month).
I'm waiting for the 2014 Accord coupes to come out later next month but perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. The WRX's have always intrigued me but I shy'd away from anything with a turbocharger. I know the current WRX's are more about performance and fun-to-drive factor than luxury. I'm aware of the lackluster stereo, lack of up-to-date technology options, sub-par interior materials, etc. I'm also aware of the premium gas requirement, synthetic oil requirement, and average to below average fuel economy. Have any of you driven the current Accord 6MT V6 coupe? If so, did you pass on it for a WRX instead? What's your main reason? I plan to go test drive a 2013 WRX hatchback sometime this week to see what all the fuss is about. Are there any glaring concerns I should have with the current WRX's or Subaru's in general? Any reliability or expected maintenance issues that I should be aware of so I know what I'm getting into? I would use the car as my daily driver and have no plans to race it. I also likely won't do any modifying, at least not anything significant. Honda's V6's are pretty much bullet-proof and the stock clutches last for hundreds of thousands of miles in many cases so that's a selling point for me. However, I put on very few miles per year (about 7,000) so I doubt I'd have anything major come up for years to come regardless of which manufacturer I go with.
I greatly appreciate your input.