4 months with an '05 STI
By Ed Campbell on
Vehicle2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
ReviewI traded an '03 Acura RSX Type S for this car, what a change! Where the RSX was an indiffenent performer in the upper gears, the STI gives each one its own personality. I have the short throw shifter, which is stiff and notchy compared to the RSX, but when you punch it in 3d or 4th, WOW! Surprisingly, I think the boxer engine is smoother than the Acura's, so much so that I enjoy holding it in the mid to upper rev range - and what a great sound it makes! The ride is stiff, almost overly so, but there's more noise insulation than in the RSX, so it's actually quieter. Fortunately the roads around Tucson are mostly asphalt. The cornering is phenomenal, I
Best FeaturesThe engine has to be the best feature; the hard, smooth acceleration NEVER fails to impress a passenger, and I still don't take it for granted The handling has to be second - I can take my favorite corner an amazing 10 mph faster than in my Jag S-Type R, itself a fine performer.
Worst FeaturesI'd trade the shift mechanism for the one in my RSX; the STI is a bit stiff. I'd pay extra for a little more upmarket interior, and a sunroof would be welcome. And please, a remote trunk release! More sound insulation wouldn't hurt, but I commute in the car daily and look forward
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