I have been thinking about getting a 2014 Subaru WRX hatchback when I graduate college, hopefully by next year at the most! I want to buy the 2014 hatchback limited version since the new 2015 that is soon to be released will only be available in a sedan version.
My question is how affordable is the WRX really for a college student like me who makes less than $11 an hour/about $300 a month. I ask this because I know that the WRX has a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg (20 in my New York driving conditions) and only takes the more expensive Premium Gasoline. I know that my parents cars who have a combined mpg of 23 get pretty decent gas mileage so I'm using that as a benchmark. Also I'm only really looking in terms of fuel economy because insurance and monthly financing will be covered by my parents.
If possible, I'd like to hear from anyone around my age group (a high school/college/grad student) who owns a WRX and would like to give their most honest, unbiased opinion on how affordable a car like the WRX is and if it seems like a gas guzzler or a fairly balanced vehicle in terms of fuel economy (granted that everyone does drive differently).
Also how are the seats because I've heard many complain about how uncomfortable they are due to a lack of lumbar support and because of the fact that there is no adjustable headrest. In addition, is the stereo system really as bad as they say and if so can you recommend a good aftermarket replacement stereo?
Thanks a lot guys!