I was reading this comparison between the 2015 STi and a BMW and a Mercedes. Now totally ignore the article for arguments sake and go down and look at the comments. Look at the comment by John M235. The third one down as of now. He actually owns a 2015 STi and has some point that resonate with me a bit.
BMW M235i vs. Mercedes CLA45 AMG vs. Subaru WRX STI - Motor Trend
Some comments he made that scare me a bit as I notice some of the same things. My comments are in bold. No bashing of the guy or me please and I couldn't care less about the BMW or Mercedes. That isn't my point. My point is what the guy comments about.
1. "On the freeway driving 65 or taking off from the average stoplight that the average $40-50k car buyer has to do multiple times a day, the car is a joke. My 2010 GTI was faster in real-world situations, as was my Evo X." - I notice the same thing. STi is slow unless you are in a high rpm range. Which means jack rabbit starts ot downshifting on the freeway.
2. "The Bimmer laughs at these situations.. it pulls 30+ freeway mpg and needs no downshifts to blow by everything." - same as my comment above
3. "I bought the STI because of buzzwords like "limited slip differential (3 of them!!1!1!!!1!)," "hydraulic steering," and "driver's car"... I dread driving it because of turbo lag, a fairly unmanageable Jekyll/Hyde motor that's 10+ years old" - I don't dread driving but it's definitely Jekyll and Hyde. Feels like a slow car unless you get it in it's RPM range which is high
4. "I now grandma an STI Limited around town wondering when I'll get to use its performance for more than 3 seconds at a time without breaking the law or going to the track." - I grandma my car when commuting and it feels like I am; I end up below the speed limit because to get it going so you feel fast you feel like you're going way above it; you have a 3 second fun window of driving at a time