Recently I had the chance to drive a 2012 Subaru WRX STi for a weekend. The best part was being able to drive it through the Adirondack mountains. What a get place to be able to enjoy a car like this.
I will start off be saying this is probably the best performance car available right now for the price. It easily outperforms anything priced below it and many cars that are two or three times the cost. This particular STi cost about $34,500. This would be considered a "base" model if there is one. No sunroof, navigation, or any other options.
The drive was great the car rides well and is comfortable on a highway but also handles great on the winding back roads. Great feedback from the wheel and lots of grip. The car I was driving had the original tires replaced with all season tires with a 540 tread wear rating. This changed the composure of the car some but not enough to take away and enjoyment of the drive at all.
Inside the Sti The seats are covered in alcantara with good support for handing the turns. The gauges are laid out well. and easy to read. I will say the climate control on this car could be the best I have ever used. It is simple! Three large knobs that are easy to grip and turn. I still don't think think the front and rear climate control buttons on out Honda Pilot are connected to the same car. Some luxury cars should look at this layout and take note. I do not want to have to scroll through a touch screen to change the fan speed.
Overall the Subaru WRX STi is a great car for serious performance driving as well as commute to work. The performance per dollar just can't be beat.