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
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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