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2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Manual transmission, AWD, sport sedan for $30K. by otter

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Reviewed: 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX

4dr Sedan turbocharged 265hp 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Why the 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX?

Powertrain performance

I needed to replace my painfully unfun Rogue and impractical (mostly due to weather) motorcycle with something fun and practical; strangely it was between a WRX and a MINI, I went with the WRX. My Rex is a tad bigger that I would like and the interior has some swoopy/cheesy/cheap plastic; but, and this is a mighty big but, she is uber fun to drive. There are very few AWD, manual transmission, sport sedans out there and this one came in at $30K. I don't think you can find a much better bang for your buck ratio. To add to it all, I have had my Rex for about a year and a half now and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. A short throw shifter, stiffer shifter bushings, and using four more PSI in the front tires than in the rear, about $100 worth of stuff, is all it took to make a good driving car great. Seriously the tire pressure bit eliminates almost all of the Rex's notorious understeer. If you want to be able to hit corners hard and get out in front of plodding burbcompoops you might want to consider a Rex.

Why Not the 2013 Subaru Impreza / WRX?

Exterior styling

The long low nose of the car not only looks rather silly it also tends to scrape on drainage swales. The interior is a bit cheap, oaky a lot cheap; but, it is comfortable and functional. Finally the car will understeer something fierce on long uphill curves; however, most of this can be mitigated by adjusting the tire pressure and using a bit of driving finesse. A Rex won't do the driving for you, something which I like.

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