2015 Subaru WRX STI: Around the Block

Have yourself declared sane before you buy a 2015 Subaru WRX STI. It’s the only way friends and family will believe that voices in your head haven’t smothered your good wits.

Prepare to be burned

People will make fun of the rear wing, then ask why the underbody neon lights aren’t on. They’ll rag on the ligneous shift linkage, hare-trigger clutch pedal, jerky slow starts, unpleasant interior materials, and stereo system that sounds like a boombox in an empty garage. They’ll say you’re making less rational decisions than Shia LaBeouf.

Fight the right fight

Don’t debate the STI’s shortcomings. Instead, fight what driving an Subaru WRX STI says about you. People will make you out to be a senseless goon, but what you really are is an automotive enthusiast that knows a good bargain. For $35,000, you get a spacious sedan with a 305-hp, turbocharged boxer engine and performance that merits a higher price. Shut off all traction systems, build the revs to 5000 rpm, and dump the clutch. The car will accelerate like a slightly turned-down 911 Turbo. It sounds like one, too.

WRC Blue paint, WRC handling

The Subaru WRX STI feels set up to go to a track day or run a rally stage at any moment. You never think you’re going through turns fast enough in this car. You’ll meet traction’s limit but when you do, you won’t go tumbleweeding—you’ll do controlled four-wheel slides. The steering will get light but won’t go limp, the engine will respond to each of your right foot’s taps, and the blow-off valve will spit out excess air when you lift to shift gears.

Get a grip

The Subaru WRX STI is unchained without being uncontrollable. It’s more polished than its predecessor, but not by much. It’s the STI’s performance per dollar that sells the car. If you buy an STI, your spouse or friend or Tinder buddy will look at you like you’re coming through a bathroom door with an axe, but reassure them you know what you’re doing. While it might not look like it, you’re sane.

2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition

Base Price: $35,290
Price As Tested: $38,190
Engine: 2.5-liter turbo flat-4
Power: 305 hp
Torque: 290 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: 4-wheel
Fuel Economy: 17/23 mpg (city/highway) (mfr's est.)
Can you ditch the spoiler?  The rest I could live with.  These are cars for men.  
I owed a previous STi and it was unique.  I used to get out of it with a sore neck after a city commute and it was if the car would say 'go on Ben, give it some' every time I drove it but it still put a smile on my face every morning! On a twisty road and especially in the wet, there are very few cars who could run it close.
Paul Doom
They stop making a hatch only to add a wing that takes up as much room as one.   That hatch was the magic touch of "praticality" to justify the STi as a reasonable family car.
I like the car but not the rear spoilier!  It just too outrageous for a daily drive car! 
Fuqyou Phasebooq
Stop worrying about what other people think. I took delivery on my new white 2015 Sti last week. I never drove one before buying it. I did however drive an a 2013 VW Golf R,2014 Lexus IS350 AWD, 2014 Subaru WRX STI, 2014 Acura TL AWD, 2013 Volvo S60 R, Infiniti Q50S Hybrid AWD, 2014 Caddy ATS 3.6 AWD, 2013 Audi Allroad, 2013 Audi S4 manual, 2013 BMW 335i Xdrive and a 2013 Audi TTS. They all have their merits and they are all obviously selling. However, for me, the 2015 Sti is simply the right fit. It's got quirky looks, it's fast as hell, handles unbelievably, has a proven race bread engine with gobs of aftermarket potential, costs a third or so of cars that it can eat, sounds like a fire breather and scares my wife out of wanting to drive it. I think Ferris sums it up best,  "If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up".

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