Having owned Imprezas since 1996, I was
expecting a faster, but no more
refined, car in the WRX. Surprise! The
WRX is much smoother and quieter than
its less sporty predecessors.
At first the controls felt too light,
and the seat felt too hard, but after a
long drive I feel quite fresh.
The turbo lag is not very noticeable
except at high altitude with the AC
running. Then you need to coordinate
clutch and throttle with finesse.
Reports of lousy mileage are due to
test drive behavior; I'm averaging 23-
26, and I drive fast but efficiently.
Coolest experience? Going up to Donner
Pass (7,200 feet) at half throttle in
fifth gear at 70-80mph.
Refinement: Quiet, smoothness, light
controls, comfortable seats.
Power: Turbo lag is not too bad.
Handling: It will do whatever you want,
Styling could be smoother.
Choice of interior colors in cloth.