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.