I'd been sentenced to the past few
years to a Volvo sedan. I've two
little kids, and somewhere I'd heard
that Volvos were safe.
But I'd been eyeing the WRX for a
couple years now, and finally took the
plunge a couple weeks ago.
It is a revelation. The feel is near-
european, much superior to the mazdas
and nissans I tested, though still not
as vault-like as the Volvo. The
acceleration is as filling-shaking as
you'd expect. More interesting is the
handling. Throw it into a curve and
torque it up, and there's not an ounce
of slide or wobble.
I don't get where people say the back
seat is small. I cram my kids in there
and they love it.
Cat-like handling, minimalist interior
design, studied dorkiness in exterior
Leather. I did come across a
silver '03 that a dealership had
cusomized with black and silver leather
interior. Maybe Al Davis had ordered
it. As bad as it looked, it made me
wish a decent factory leather job was