This car punches above its price level in terms of performance. AWD sports car =all 265 horses hit the road. When you hit 3k RPM, you feel that turbo kick in and you are off! Look for the 2013 Orange ones - only 200 WRX and 100 STI were made with this trim package! To top it off - the car's safety features are keyed into Subaru's Rally car platform. These things are tanks in crashes! The A/B/C pillars are reinforced (basically a light-weight roll cage built into the car). The drivetrain buckle zones are designed to make the H-4 engine rotate vertical and act as a shield for the passenger compartment in a bad enough crash. Subaru knows a thing or two about how they perform in worst case crashes from decades of rally cross experience!
2014 Subaru ImprezaMichael Bonevento - West Palm beach, FL01/18/2016
Great performance. Comfortable ride and space for passengers.
Who'd though driving a wagon would be so fun ! ? !
Picked up an '05 WRX Sportwagon with 33K for a pretty good deal. Drives very civilized under 4000 RPM's, but hit the throttle beyond that and you will have a wide grin on your face all the way up to about 7000 RPM's. Suspension is very tight but forgiving thanks to the 16" wheel/tire combo. I'd imagine '06 and up with 17" wheels is a little more firm due to low pro tires.
My only advice is if you're looking for a WRX, stick with lower mileage ones if possible. I test drove quite a few and some were alot more rough than others with similiar mileage. Owners usually drive these cars hard as that is what they are meant to do. Don't take an owners word for it that its been "babied" because chances are its had more than a few spirited outings. I ended up going to a local Subaru dealer and finding one with a facrtory warranty still remaining because I didn't want to have any "surprises".
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