Oct 23, 2003
Reviewed By Bengt Halvorson
Price as Tested $31,545

Neck-snapping acceleration; razor-sharp reflexes, no slack in steering, suspension or tires; easy to drive in traffic, with a precise gearbox and light clutch; firm, supportive “driving” seats; sounds like a raspy Porsche in the low revs.


No sound system (to save weight), yet A/C is standard; rock-hard ride won’t win friends in urban stop-and-go; steering wheel requires constant attention as pavement grooves and potholes pull it every which way.


The STi is a serious, race/rally-bred testosterone machine that has plenty of credibility on the street. It won’t appeal to the Viagra-and-Camaro crowd, but they don’t know how to play video games anyway. And it offers a surprising level of drivability in the real world. Baby-boomers beware, the replacement for ’60s muscle cars has finally arrived. I would suggest that BMW should be very, very afraid.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating