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The 2012 Subaru WRX and STI are clearly sporty, with options and features to match, but the tuner feel of yesteryear is long gone.
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A touchscreen navigation head unit with RCA inputs is an option on Limited and Premium models.
Car and Driver

It takes more than one DVD to cover the U.S., forcing disc swaps for different regions, which is kind of weak in this era of hard-drive and flash-memory-based GPS.
CNET

Premium options like leather seating surfaces and a moonroof come with the Limited trim level.
Automobile Magazine

updated audio system with Bluetooth music streaming and full iPod integration capabilities
Edmunds' Inside Line

one of the best performance bargains on the planet
AutoWeek

Subarus, especially the STI, were once known for being rather basic, tuner-car models based quite obviously on their economy counterparts. Times have changed.

The WRX is available in base, Premium, and Limited trims, offering progressive upgrades to upholstery, electronics features, and more. The STI is available in either standard or Limited trim, with its base spec higher than the base WRX's.

Some of the available options include leather seats and upholstery; a moonroof; touch-screen navigation with satellite radio; and more. Standard equipment is decent, with Bluetooth, a solid stereo, and auxiliary iPod/USB connectors.

Given the WRX's low base price, that may be the most attractive features: how Subaru has packaged so much performance, practicality, and convenience into such a small number. The WRX STI is considerably more expensive, but at the same time, outperforms nearly anything in its price range--while offering a competitive set of standard and optional features.

Conclusion

The 2012 Subaru WRX and STI are clearly sporty, with options and features to match, but the tuner feel of yesteryear is long gone.

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