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The 2012 Subaru WRX and STI won't be everyone's ideal sedan, but those that get the look will love it.
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The STI now carries an intimidating road presence
Motor Trend

[WRX] has ditched its Clark Kent glasses in favor of a look that's been distilled from the mighty STI – one part Gundam, two parts track-hardened awesome
Autoblog

the WRX has ditched the black robe for a string bikini, flaunting some serious haunches in the process
Popular Mechanics

wide fenders copied from the STI don't hurt...giving the car a meatier look
CNET

to not lose the much-revered rally look, the big and prominent rear wing is back on the sedan
Road & Track

The 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI sedan and hatch carry forward with the changes from 2011 intact, but no significant new tweaks to the look. That's a good thing, though, as the WRX and STI are now divorced from the more pedestrian Impreza, which is all-new for the 2012 model year, making them stand out that much more.

And they definitely stand out. With the 2012 WRX continuing to wear the wide-fender look previously reserved for the STI, both models offer a brawny, low-slung, rally-car look. The prominent grille and front-end aerodynamics catch eyes, too, while the rear has it quad-tipped exhaust and, on sedan models of the STI, an available (and large) wing. Hatchback models are no less dramatic, despite their greater practicality.

Inside, the WRX and STI are also the same as last year, with the WRX's economical but sporty design enhanced with more sport in STI models through the addition of STI-logo stitching and badges, a unique STI steering wheel, footwell lighting, and Alcantara/leather upholstery. Upgrading either the WRX or STI to Limited status adds leather-trimmed seats and upholstery and a slightly more under-the-radar exterior.

Conclusion

The 2012 Subaru WRX and STI won't be everyone's ideal sedan, but those that get the look will love it.

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