I join Tingwall as a wagon lover here, and like the styling and practicality of the WRX hatchback. The car has plenty of power to make it fun on the back roads and has handling and nicely weighted steering to match.
The transmission and clutch have a very good feel to them, but occasionally the transmission would not want to go into fourth gear (don't know if anyone else experienced a similar problem). Reverse on this car is also annoying as it is not right below fifth, it's offset a little to the left and occasionally takes some time to find. Filling this car up is unusual as well. The fuel pump disengages extremely late and gasoline comes spilling out onto the ground or your shoes.
Overall, this is a very good car at a very reasonable price. The manual transmission on this car makes it far more engaging to drive than our 4S Lancer Evo. For now, I would have to say that I would take the WRX over the Evo. But if the Evo Sportback does in fact find its way over with a manual transmission, I might change my mind.
Andrew Peterson, Intern