The WRX is a phenomenal car. Not only because of its price tag but also because of its performance, reliability, and its rally breed uniqueness. This is the car that forged the way for the likes of the other AWD performance cars - i.e., the Mazdaspeed6, Audi A3, R32 etc... however it's quite a bit cheaper. It still baffles me why the R32 is compared performance wise to the STI - its acceleration is not better than the stock WRX. The GTI is not in the same league. The Mazda3speed is a great car. If you're not interested in AWD it's a great choice. I do like the front 2004 & 2005 front fascia better than the 2006 & 2007. The stock 17" rims should have been offered from the very beginning.
Gauge cluster, climate control, performance, new 4-pot brakes.
Once again, 60/40 fold down rear seats. Interior quality upgrade - the car rattles. HID option, larger fog logs, remote trunk control option from FOB, navigation option. Subaru should consider FMIC.
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