Pros 300 horses stock w/ turbo warranty - AWD -
Cons Gas guzzler - 14mpg (city) 18mpg (highway)
Summary Can't be any happier with my purchase. CNET knows nothing about cars and reviews like this from the editors are from soccer moms.
Pros full-time AWD, 300-300, great bang-4-the-buck, 1 year left to go on warranty =)
Cons steering could be tighter, tires tend to track in road-ruts
Summary i got my car almost 2 years ago, and i haven't regretted it since. well, that's not completely true. i've regretted it now that i've seen the 2006 STi. but i've gotten a great two years ride out of my car, and the recognition factor from car enthusiasts is nice. like i said in the cons, sometimes the steering isn't as crisp as it could be, but they've fixed that in the 2005 model, and tires, well, they can be changed. i've taken my car pretty fast, and the aerodynamics really provide high speed stability. i think when my warranty expires, i'm gonna get new springs and lower my car about an inch. probably get a cold-air intake and front-mount intercooler too. should wring out a few more horsepower with that kind of setup. before you buy this car though, take it out for a spin along with the EVO MR. both are very appealing cars but they very different in approach too. the STi has a larger engine which helps lessen the effects of turbo-lag, while the EVO will have a larger lag with the power coming screaming around the bend. but if i had to do it all over again, i definitely would still choose the STi. i've always wanted one ever since the first time i started watching WRC.
Pros "Best car in the world under $100,000" - Road and Track
Cons Affiliation with street racers gives the car a bad reputation with law enforcement.
Summary I've seen a lot of things thrown around in these user opinions, and a lot of slop from CNET. To set the records straight read a review from people who objectively look at cars for a living. Road and Track picked it as the best car in the world.
The safety actually matches the performance with a built in hydroform steel rollcage that can support the weight of a Ford Ranger truck slammed on top of it at 40mph while maintaining cabin integrity and door operation.
Now as for the numbers:
0-60 best: 4.6 seconds
1/4 mile best: 12.8 seconds
Skidpad best: .92G
The only thing I agree with from this review is the boost gauge location. I can't imagine why anyone would presume to mark a 30K car down for not including options that are irrelevant to the market the car is built on. If they were reviewing a jaguar x type or entry level luxury sedans it would make sense, but this really turns me off as a tech/auto enthusiest.
Pros Performance, Price, Drivability
Cons Small Interior (but who needs the xtra weight)
Summary They say the Evo is one of the sharpest knives in the drawer but the STI is a monstrous machete. The numbers speak for themselves and the drive is something to talk about. The STI chugs out 300HP/300lbs of torque. Can go 0-60 in 4.9 second and run a quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds. Not only do you have plenty of go power you also have plenty of stopping power with those huge brembos. The 60-0 stopping distance is only 110ft. The car is a little noisy due to its lack of sound deadening material but most people who consider the STI are not in the market for a quiet and basic sedan. If you are considering getting a high performance car I consider driving the STI's so called competition first(RX-8, 350Z, EVO),and save the best for last.
Pros As fast and faster than most $60k+ cars
Cons Pure sports car, not comfortable for long trips
Summary I have had one for almost two years now. I just got back from driving it from Texas to Canada. It handles like a dream, and it is brutally fast. The only draw back is that it is not a cruiser, long trips can become a little rough; but I wouldn't trade my car for the world!