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Materials aren't great, but the value you get from the 2012 Subaru WRX and STI make up for it, especially when design, layout, and functionality are very good.
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not the darty and stiffly sprung boy racers you might expect
Road & Track

The price of a low(ish) curb weight and sports car track prowess is a somewhat noisy cabin.
Popular Mechanics

things aren't exactly church-quiet inside

We fell in love with its leather-covered sports seats immediately. High backs and nominal side bolsters provided comfort and stability.

But the dashboard is still plagued by hard plastics.
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In either sedan or hatchback models, the 2012 WRX is technically a five-seater, though larger adults may find reason to complain when stacked three-across in the rear. The hatchback's extra cargo space is handy for luggage or other belongings, especially when traveling at maximum capacity, but both sedan and hatch will find taller drivers preferring the front seat--the rear's leg room is fine for those under six feet, but not for those above.

Standard sport-bolstered seats in either WRX or STI models are comfortable and supportive, but the optional Alcantara-surfaced Recaros available in the STI are a great upgrade, enhancing the cabin with a racier look and more comfort, too.

Cargo space in general is a reminder that the Impreza the WRX and STI were based on wasn't a large car. The hatchback is slightly shorter than the sedan, and despite the hatch cargo area, doesn't hold an abundant amount of gear. The sedan's trunk isn't perfect, either, due to a sloped, uneven floor.

Materials, fit, and finish are generally good, particularly in the price range of the WRX. With the available Limited package, both WRX and STI are upgradable to much more luxurious--though still not quite luxury--accommodations.

Both models also handle bumps well, though some will find the STI's ride too harsh. Stiffer springs, lower-profile tires, and a preference for performance over comfort are the contributing factors. Noise isn't bad in either car, with some slight engine noise and wind roar from the side mirrors the most noticeable elements.


Materials aren't great, but the value you get from the 2012 Subaru WRX and STI make up for it, especially when design, layout, and functionality are very good.

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