From '03 WRX to '10 STi SE. Even with the AC on, this car's acceleration absolutely destroys my 03 WRX w/ AC turned off, and less turbo lag. Ride is noticeably stiffer (but quieter), but an issue only on poorly maintained roads; handles extremely well. Plenty of room for the kids in the back seat, dog in the hatch. Interior/seats are nice, but seats need more side bolstering. Stereo is awful. Short- throw shifter a must-have upgrade. Can set fuel cut as high as 6700, neat little beeping shift light. Adjustable center differential. Set throttle to S#, Sport and I mode are sluggish. Brembo stopping power is just brutal. I average 18.5mpg mixed driving. 5-star crash-test ratings.
Acceleration; handling/grip; more roomy and quieter than previous generations; flared fenders; and SE wheels; Brembo brakes
Better side bolsters in seats or offer Recaro seats option; better stereo offered standard (seriously, this is a $32-34K car and the stereo system is garbage); needs push-button start; add matching red stitching to shifter/e- brake boots; bit more sound deadening material
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