In yesterday’s Evo 9 feature from Dubai, I talked a bit about how the Evo’s reputation was built in different parts of the world. Everything said about the Evo can also be applied to its rival the Subaru Impreza and I figured now would be as good a time as any for these two AWD legends to face off in our weekly Speedhunters poll.
For two cars so similar in spec and purpose, Evo vs Impreza is one the fiercest rivalries in modern automotive history. I know there are many who dig both (myself included) but when it comes down to it, which of these two AWD rally-inspired machines will you choose?
Vote and discuss below!
I own an 05 WRX as my daily and it is one of the most fun cars to drive. Just bolt ons and a stock turbo tune. Let's be honest, if you want to buy one or the other to go fast, buy an EVO. The 4g63 makes power and responds to mods like an LSx motor. IMO, for looks, quality and fun factor, buy a Subaru. I always tell people DON'T buy an STi if you want a fast street and/or highway car. As long as sheer speed and power figures aren't your main priority, definitely buy a Scoob. Just be prepared to spend A LOOOOT more money to build a Subaru to be fast and make big numbers.
EVO. It's a hard choice... Love both of them. Eventually I think the EVOs are 51-49% on precision - power, STIs 49-51%. And I like precision.
I honestly enjoy every second behind the wheel of my Evo X GSR. I can appreciate what Subaru has to offer too, but for me...there's no point in comparing the two.
When I was first buying a car (over 18 years ago now), I couldn't afford the STI, but I could afford the Impreza Brighton Wagon... base model 2 liter, non-turbo. It was a good car over all, but I drive long distances (1000km every two weeks), and after a while, it just wasn't very comfortable. since then I dabbled in other cars (Honda Civic EF, Volkswagen Golf Diesel, Hyundai Tuscon) before I went back to what I should have bought in the first place... the Mitsubishi... I bought it three years ago, have 133K on the odometer, but the car still surprises me on how comfortable and fun it is to drive.
I might not be the typical driver of the Evo, but it's proven itself as a real endurance machine!
Evo is the sports Lancer, WRX is the sports Impreza. If it' the impreza vs the EVO and not the WRX vs the EVO then it's a easy decision.
Depends on the year/model of make... with older models I'd go with the Impreza, the newer ones, I'd get the Evo (Evo VI, Evo VIII and IX)...
A day at the track is really all it takes, at least out here in California. Evo's always outnumber Impreza's and most of the time there isn't even an Impreza present. Or maybe it speaks more about the owners...
I decided when I bought a WRX. Mitsubishi never embraced the wagonesque body style with the Evo like Subaru did with the WRX prior to 2007.
Subaru have lost their way with the Impreza styling. It's gotten progressively worse since it's launch. It's only now looking half decent again.
i honestly can't decide between the two. But... at least.. I prefer the evo because I drive it and it is a fantastic car in all the ways, especially aesthetically. However The Subaru is a very good car.
As an owner of both, I can say that you can't go wrong with either. Top Gear once stated that the Evo is more of a fighter jet and the Impreza is a pub brawler. I concur. I feel that the Evo is more refined in the handling department which is why I chose it to be the track day toy. As a daily driver, the Impreza offers more tidings of comfort and joy (comfort and joy) than the Evo does. Long story long, I set my Evo (2005 8) up for track abuse, and it takes the punishment. The Impreza (2012 5 door hatch) can still deliver reliable performance. As a side note, I do have to say that Evo owners are more obnoxious than the WRX crowd, but I suppose that's also due to the rarity of the Evo in my area. As a minority to the extreme, infighting and brand bitching (HKS vs. AMS vs. blah, blah, blah.) is a serious hassle for noobish folks.
Wow.... So many fan boys getting their panties in a knot! This sort on petty in fighting is why people still look down on Japanese cars and their owners :(
Both are great cars, both do something better than the other.
Subaru makes the better daily car but the Evo makes the better track car
Evo 5-9 for dedicated track/autoX duties
Sti for mix of that and everything else
Which is why I have a '12 Sti.
I've spent considerable time with both over the last 12 years. For track use (ie actual track days) - an Evo, and it would need to be a 9 MR. For day to day duties, the Subaru wins hands down. The 08-12 cars have a far nicer interior than any previous gen car, much better materials, much better controls, vastly better seats. But have a definate and intentional "girth" to them, sort of similar feeling to a modern Audi. I've yet to drive a 2013 WRX or STi to compare.
The Evo X has a terrific and very tunable engine for a modern car. I just don't like it's sneaker-esque looks.
Im a big fan of 2 door cars. I like what the impreza and lancer do but for me i wish they were less sedan and more sports car.
I wish Mitsubishi had a modern version of the 1g DSM with the Evo X driveline. Or even better a longatudinal 4b11 with a conventional transmission and truck style transfercase (think sierra cosworth or skyline) that could more easily upgraded to handle higher power. I can apreciate the STi but the engine has some compromises im not a fan of(how about those exhaust ports and bearings?) and its driveline is rather expensive to upgrade from what i can tell. The boxer style engine makes packaging more difficult so there is less freedom to move things around although it does have some unique possibilities.
How about a 2012 sti powered 22rs!?
@Northern Lites Customs Countless stock ring land failures of EJ motors are hard to argue for. Sorry.
@Supra So that's why they went with the Boxer engine, Subaru owners are prone to trying to drive them upside down :P
I am in the same boat as you having both in the driveway and totally agree with your decisions. The WRX makes a great comfortable daily however my Evo8MR is the weapon of choice to take to the track as it handles better, goes quicker and most importantly less prone to break!
@Keats Couldn't have said it better myself.
Fan boys/girls will always get worked up in comparison threads. Doesn't matter if you drive Japanese, American or European.
Try putting up a poll of a Mopar vs. GM vs. Ford. It'll be just as messy.
@Nico Leone makinen won 4 driver's titles with the evo 3, 4, 5, 6. makinen didn't win any driver's title when he switched to a subie.
but again, as cornerbalance mentioned, the championship is a combined effort. you could win a driver's championship but not constructor's, or vice-versa. :)
@Nico Leone game over? Citroen has won more than all of them combined....so you would rather drive a Citroen?
@Nico Leone Hey Nico, as I am fan of Subaru, please do check how many times, Tommy Makinnen won WRC champion title :)
@Grant B For you there is the Toyota Celica GT-Four. People forget how good the all-trac was in WRC. It makes me wonder why japanese rally is attributed by only lancer and impreza...
Lancia has 10 so do i say FORZA LANCIA ? ********** but maybe i say any way lol, grande campione del WRC! FORZA LANCIA per tutti la vittoria nel WRC
@injdmwetrust @Nico Leone its a good point...any championship won, be it driver or constructor, is the result of both of those components, and the team effort in general, coming together in harmony. You can't win a drivers championship with an uncompetitive car, and a slow/inconsistent team cannot win constructors championships. But Loeb is still the king of WRC as far as the sheer #'s won. Sadly though, WRC pales in comparison to what it was in the late 90's and early 2000's
Subaru constructor 1995, 1996, 1997 = 3 ?
Mitsubishi constructor 1998 = 1 ?
@TougeSpirit @Nico Leone @injdmwetrust that is, well, incorrect. The Impreza WRX most certainly had active diffs. maybe even from the first year of WRC spec (98 or 99, I forget). Active diffs were present until 2006, when the FIA banned them for all teams
opinions are cool, facts are cool..at least have the 2 intersect at some point though :)