Overall - the new WRX is an excellent handling, attractive, quick car that can haul 4 six foot humans.
Bang for the buck it competes in features and performance with cars 50%+ more expensive.
The first 1500 miles have been a lesson in restraint to keep the revs down and break in the fast reving 2.0L turbo slowly.
No issues or problems, this is solidly built car.
It corners with amazing accuracy and traction.
In the rain, its like cheating.
The WRX is not just for 'boy racers' (as the press likes to say) - but for 50-somthings looking for responsible fun in all weather.
Acceleration is stout, and 0-30 time is stunning with AWD.
Ability to have true sports car performance with 4 real passenger capacity.
It looks different, it is different, and that is a good thing.
Visability is very good in these days of high cowl lines and limited side / rear sight lines.
Handling and traction are impressive, so much so, the limits are probably best explored at the track (meaning its limits are well above any posted speed restictions in the States).
With 2 or more passengers the ride can be harsh as the sport suspension compresses under load.
Remote gas lid and trunk should have a key overide.
Deep bolstered seats can be a challenge if you carry allot of things on yur belt (tools, phones, etc)
Yeah, as a 50 something I can relate! I want a precision AWD car without too much boy racer image - I like a sleeper type car. This one comes closer than previous gens. I test drove this and agree with your assessment - handling is first rate - totally different than previous WRX's. No need to buy an Audi or BMW when this is available. I'd do a little more to reduce road noise. Seats were awesome and supportive of the lower back. Yes, it will take a LOT of restraint to break this in. The first 1000K I go real easy. I usually wait until 3K and an oil change to start getting much into boost or higher than 3K. Good luck waiting!