I'm a car enthusiast. My first experience with a true performance vehicle was in a family member's 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo. I remember the feeling of being pinned to the back of my seat when I hit the ...
I'm a car enthusiast. My first experience with a true performance vehicle was in a family member's 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo. I remember the feeling of being pinned to the back of my seat when I hit the throttle and getting a feeling in my gut like when you take off in a roller coaster. I always thought I'd need to pay upwards of 60k to get that feeling in a vehicle I could own, but I've had that experience in my 2013 WRX for about half that price.
This is my second Subaru. Just retired my 2000 Impreza RS Coupe which was heavily modified. That was the best car I ever owned hands down. I now have a family (two small children) so knew that I couldn't convince the wife of a traditional performance car and needed one that would have 4 doors for the kids, plenty of cargo space for their stuff, AWD for "safety" and the brand recognition of Subaru for reliability. Oh and it needs to be affordable too. The only cars that fit this description, and I would argue the affordability/reliability aspect, are an Audi S4 and BMW 335. Your looking at 50K easy for one of those two. The WRX delivers in all categories so everyone is happy.
This car is simply ridiculous. I have a 2013 Limited with Nav. Leather racing seats are awesome. Nav is a bit clunky, but I can't stand using plug-in units and the Blue tooth is pretty nice as well. Pandora sync's from the I-Phone which is nice as well. In terms of performance, forget it. There are few cars, that can hold a candle to the WRX when it comes to all around performance.
Off the line, there are legitimately only a handful of vehicles that can keep up and they are all super-expensive exotics. Low end torque is just silly. This thing could probably tow a boat. Handling is superb, especially in the rain. Its actually almost weird, how sure footed this car is. I had a similar experience in my previous Subaru and living in New England, AWD is a must, but this car is just unreal. The only car I have driven that is better in the snow than my Subaru was a 60K Land Rover, which for the record was an amazing vehicle in its own right. I test drove the STi and that definitely has less body lean, stronger braking than my WRX, but also costs about 8K more and the WRX is actually quicker 0-60, even if only by a few tenths of a second.
I have the stock exhaust which emits just the perfect rumble. I've toyed with the idea of a cat-back unit as they sound beastly, but my wife would likely kill me so I'm willing to hold off.
I have a 5 door hatch, so seats fold down and there is actually a ton of space for hauling stuff. Styling is starting to get a bit dated so the new model will definitely be welcomed, especially if it looks anything like the concept Subaru just revealed. However, I hope they don't move on from the 5 door as it really offers some nice utility.
Larger wheels would definitely look nicer (I had 18"s on my RS), but that might also lead to a bit slower acceleration times as well as more costly to repair/poorer fuel economy.
Reliability will need to be tested over time, but my previous Subaru was a champ. No issues other than brakes and one clutch after 140K miles.
I was able to get the 2013 WRX Limited w/Nav, including an extension of the bumper to bumper factory warranty to 6 yrs, 100k all for under 31K. I'm sorry, but your not going to get a better performing car with all of that coverage for anything near that price.
If you want to feel like you are driving a bonafide race car while still having the practicality of a reliable family car, the WRX must be considered.