Since , Subaru's been playing a frustrating and annoying game with us we'll call "tantalize. We'd drive it, sometimes test it, and for sure gush all over the car begging, " When can we have it? Stop drooling. End of story.
I look back with great fondness at the many trips I've taken with our WRX. There was the mostly two-lane sprint up to Downieville, in northeastern California, for a mountain bike race. The trek from California to Connecticut and Vermont and back to visit my family, and a ski trip up to Mammoth, with a quick side venture through Death Valley for good measure. Good times all. Despite all-wheel drive and ABS, summer tires simply don't work in the snow.
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX STi used car review: classic MOTOR
For years, the turbocharged hot-rod sedan was sold in Europe and Japan but not here. We didn't hesitate to heap copious amounts of slobbering, unbridled praise on it. The WRX immediately won a place on our 10Best list.
Fast forward to , however, and things are different. But for all that, the engine was more or less untouched. That surging, lock-up-your-daughters feel of the first WRX was replaced by a milder sensation of power which, while it still delivered, needed to be wrung out of it, rather than just appreciated.