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Best AWD Car for around 50k to lease?

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Best AWD Car for around 50k to lease?

I'm heading to the Subaru Stealership to lease a 2020 WRX STI Sport-Tech for 50k but I want to know if I'm making the right decision or not.
I'd love a sporty manual vehicle that I can go get some frustration out.
Since I live in the Maritimes I wanted something AWD that I can drive year round.

The STI is a gas guzzling beast with many known issues but I heard its fun to drive.

Before I make such a big purchase, can you guys knock some sense into me?

Thanks!
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Do it...
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vkizzle wrote: Do it...
I'm waiting for the 2022 redesign.
I don't know if I should as well...
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The only other car I could think off in the same category would a 6MT Golf R.
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Do it.

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Personally I'd wait for the STI revision, its way too dated. I'd get the WRX instead personally..

Could test drive a Golf R if you can find one, the AWD won't be as good as Subaru's but its a much better overall daily driver. Not many options for sporty manual fun awd vehicles.
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Go look at the VW Golf R, You may like it better.
Gord18Stirr wrote: I'm heading to the Subaru Stealership to lease a 2020 WRX STI Sport-Tech for 50k but I want to know if I'm making the right decision or not.
I'd love a sporty manual vehicle that I can go get some frustration out.
Since I live in the Maritimes I wanted something AWD that I can drive year round.

The STI is a gas guzzling beast with many known issues but I heard its fun to drive.

Before I make such a big purchase, can you guys knock some sense into me?

Thanks!
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Test drove it and I felt like I was going back in time, the interior is dated, features are dated the rumble wasnt what I was expecting and I felt scared to drive it.

I think a better bet for me is to buy a used one, get it fixed up and beat the crap out of it instead of babying a $50,000 leased car.
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Gord18Stirr wrote: Test drove it and I felt like I was going back in time, the interior is dated, features are dated the rumble wasnt what I was expecting and I felt scared to drive it.

I think a better bet for me is to buy a used one, get it fixed up and beat the crap out of it instead of babying a $50,000 leased car.
If you're leasing, you can beat the shit out of it, provided you're not adding mods or causing any physical damages.
Bumper to bumper warranty will cover you the full 3yr lease term.
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In case you missed it. Throttle House is comparing the WRX and the Golf R

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Gord18Stirr wrote: Test drove it and I felt like I was going back in time, the interior is dated, features are dated the rumble wasnt what I was expecting and I felt scared to drive it.

I think a better bet for me is to buy a used one, get it fixed up and beat the crap out of it instead of babying a $50,000 leased car.
Definitely buy used. Then put wide body kit, Voltex wing, Cobb tuned and TE37s. Will fit in with the crowd LOL
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Gord18Stirr wrote: Test drove it and I felt like I was going back in time, the interior is dated, features are dated the rumble wasnt what I was expecting and I felt scared to drive it.

I think a better bet for me is to buy a used one, get it fixed up and beat the crap out of it instead of babying a $50,000 leased car.
I cross shopped STi and Golf R last year August. The Golf R won easily.
Overall refinement and features in the Golf annihilate the STi. DSG, adaptive cruise, auto hi beam headlamps, lane keep assist, better stereo etc etc etc... AND the R is cheaper when comparing the high end trims.
The R is a smaller car overall but is a hatch so the less space is more useable I think.
The STi awd system is better. I drove 3 different subarus in 10 years before buying the R last year. The R isn't full time awd but the average person can't feel the engagement.
The fuel mileage of the R is awesome. I just did a 1600km round trip earlier this week with an average of 7.1l/100km @ between 100 and 110 kph with studded winter tires. None of my Subarus could come close to that.

Hopefully this helps.
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Golf R is nice but it's no longer out for sale new unless you wait for the new gen which won't be coming for another 2 years or so. You can get it used but if you're going that path, then there are plenty of other fun cars to be had used.
New ones, I'd check out Kia Stinger, BMW 2 series and Civic Type R (if you are willing to sacrifice AWD).
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Just wanna say the wax acts as a great utility vehicle. Big trunk, back doors. Put a roof rack and cargo box, who needs a minivan.
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There will be a new generation Golf R next year. Better to wait for that. You definitely cannot beat a Subaru with AWD especially with Winter tires. If you really want to, lease the WRX or STI for 2 -3 years and then switch to the new-gen WRX STI. Alternatively, lease an Impreza for 2-3 years so you are not spending that much and then lease the next-gen WRX STI when it is out.

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