Very agressive and eye catching. The new body style mimics the STi and is a nice feast for the eyes.
Subaru seems to have retained its understanding that the driver should be distracted as little as possible. I like this. The fewer gizmos and other crap the better.
Driving position & visibility
Driving position is good; the steering wheel telescopes and tilts. The only thing is the C-pillar can impede visibility in the hatch.
The car is relatively quiet, though at highway speeds the sound of the motor is noticeable. There is a bit more noise from bumps and such compared to higher end cars, but it is a serious improvement from cars int he recent past.
Very responsive, hitting 3500rpm is about where the turbo kicks in and it is a heck of a ride after that. Otherwise, the powertrain seems to respond well to inputs.
Past personal experience
Once upon a time I wrecked a Subaru. I managed to survive an otherwise mortal crash. On top of that my family has driven the lugnuts off of subarus with hardly a problem mechanically.
Very planted in highspeed turns, the suspension is tightly tuned but also very comfortable which is a hard thing to do. Good turn in, minimal body roll.
Front seat room
Coming from both an MX-5 and Buick Century the cabin of the WRX is very spacious. There is good room for driver and passenger.
Front seat support & comfort
I drove he car for a better part of 2 hours today. The seats were very comfortable all around in rush hour traffic on city and highway roads.
Audio & nav systems
Mine has the basic audio setup. It is an ok system, nothing special especially considering the leaps that other automakers have made. The controls are simple and easy to use. However, it would be nicer if the control face was positioned lower.
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