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I am currently looking for a new daily driver. I live in New England and our winters can be pretty bad. I have a 2010 Toyota yaris. Great on gas and fitting into small spaces but it is not a safe car to take a hit or drive in the snow. I've narrowed it down to the new si and wrx for a car but i just don't know witch way to go. I test drove both and the wrx felt strong and safe but a bit choppy. I hope that was because I'm just not used to the transmition. The si was not as aggressive but it was super smooth and easy to drive. More options in the interior for the 25,000 rather than the wrx base for 26000. I know the wrx will be great in the winter and put me in my seat the way I want but 17mpg will hurt my student pockets more than the si's 25mpg. I love the look of the wrx while I would need to do work to the 9thgen si to get it the way I want. Considering my needs what is the better car for me ?
 

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I recommend you to get the SI. It has great mileage. More cheaper. But the wrx has more power than the SI. So if you want more power, then get the wrx. If you want a reliable car, get the SI.

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you'll save more with the SI. a fully tuned SI can overpower a STI anyday, but it all depends on your taste my friend.
If you can't pay for the gas, then I really suggest the SI! :)
 

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Depending on your money situation and what you want out of your car, I would go with the STI for the sole reason that it has AWD and it sounds like you need it for the winters. Otherwise id go with the Si and boost it out

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I'd say it depends on what you want. I really liked the power in the WRX and the AWD but thinking that I'd be eating premium to the tune of 20 mpg wasn't as appealing as eating it at 28 mpg with the Si. The Si was almost as fun sometimes more, because it's just at the point you can push it to the limit without totally blasting all laws so quickly. I love my Si, but sometimes yearn for more power.

Also, the Si will land you a few grand cheaper to start, which leaves you a nice budget to put more power into it if you wish, like a supercharger. At that point, you have 300+ whp (see Millions-Knives) and into the car for the price of a premium WRX, getting yourself some better gas mileage to boot.
 

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I had a 2011 WRX before my Si. The WRX was an awesome car, and beats the Si in basically every performance catagory (plus the hatch is nice on the 5dr). That said, the Si gets far better mileage, is cheaper to insure, and was about $4k cheaper new (I paid 21,8 for my Si and the WRX was ~25). The Si is also plenty of fun to drive, even without the higher performance envelope compared to the WRX. If you plan on autox or tracking the car, Id go WRX, otherwise the Si is a better daily driver. With snow tires the Si is no slouch in the winter either.
 

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Both cars have a completely different experience. I'm coming from an extensive Subaru background and can tell you, though I've only driven cars on the lots, the si is a good compromise for fun and budget.

I'd say drive both, then make an educated decision based on your feeling, not what other people think you should do. Also, a good set of winter tires would be more than adequate for harsh conditions in a fwd car. Once you are moving along awd means a lot less.


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Glad to have you! and I was in the same mindset as you. Freshman in college, and looking at WRX and Si. The reason the Si pucshed me over the edge was, no need to worry about turbo needing a rebuild, cheaper maintenance, and definitely cheaper insurance. MUCH cheaper. I paid for my Si with 8yr/100,000mile warranty 22400 before tax.
 

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I'd get the WRX... This was my first new car, and I've always wanted to have an si since I was back in middle school, wo I was pretty biased on this... I didnt do enough research on the wrx or brz even at the time since what I was looking for was actually a civic lx but ended up getting an si for a good deal.

Cost of ownership is a lot higher for the wrx though, although I've put almost 2g into my sled and its nowhere near as fast

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The Si handles more like a BRZ than a WRX, that's the main reason why cross shopping the Si and WRX is like picking between cereal and steak... You're usually in the mood for only one. Your first test drives should solve that one. Plus the WRX is due for a massive redesign so I wouldn't go for the old model. And I'm not a fan of the boxer engine and Subaru's typically high road noise cabins.
 
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