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Looks like Autoweek had an STi in their fleet from April 28 - May 12.

http://autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat_code=carboard&loc_code=index&content_code=05782469

RAYNAL: Acceleration is explosive. Stand on the gas in this thing and it feels like it’s shot out of the proverbial cannon. The ride comfort, while just crude enough to let you know you’re in something really special, is in no way unbearable. The engine surprised me with its down-low power and torque, producing smooth standing starts. It’s geared pretty short, which I expected, and the grip felt incredible, though I’ll confess to cooling it on the wet streets last night.

Again, the power... unreal. The Brembos were excellent. I didn’t love the seats: They look the part, but the side bolsters need to be stiffer (or maybe I’m just too fat). They’re comfortable enough, but I was looking for more support. My only real disappointment is that I didn’t get to drive the Lancer Evolution that we had a couple of weeks back. It’s a field of two for now, the STi and Evolution.

FLOYD: Where’s the five-point harness? Holy schnikes, this is one wicked ride. Kinda’ like getting on a mechanical bull, grabbing the rope as tightly as you can and whipping yourself around. This isn’t the kind of car you’re going to want to drive every day unless you’re in the cast of 2Fast 2Furious. There’s the ‘hey, look at me’ wing, suspension that lets you feel any little pebble, the bling-bling gold BBS rims, etc. Yep, you’d have to be a risk-taker, a get- me-behind-the-wheel-and-let-me-run-wild kind of guy.

It’s one of those cars that just says ‘drive the hell out of me,’ and it’s oh-so-hard not too. Especially when you feel that power whoosh as you wring it through first gear, then second, then, geez, I’m already at 80? Whoa. It’s more of a primal car than the Lancer Evo to me: The handling seems less precise, like it wants you to hold on and wrestle with it a bit as you tear into a wide sweeper. The 300 hp comes on strong as you wind out the rough-edged clutch setup. The Evo’s gearbox seem-ed a mite smoother. Interior-wise, it’s a draw to me. I liked the looks of the STi seats, but other than that, the Evo wins as a daily driver.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with either, but the STi is obviously more true to its rally roots. Grab that rope and hold on, pardner.
 

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Overall....the comments are nice, but you can tell they are old guys who don't watch rally. I don't even notice the wing anymore....it's just part of the package. Complain about feeling pebbles.....gimme a break! Don't let some old man get in a car like that that will complain about the ride. He's obviously the one that needs to do the test drives on the new Buick models.
 

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Plus, he's the FIRST person to say that the EVO is the better "daily driver" of the two. His opinion, I guess.
 

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Plus, he's the FIRST person to say that the EVO is the better "daily driver" of the two. His opinion, I guess.
Yeah, that was surprising. I was under the impression that the STi was a softer and more livable ride while the Evolution was set up for the track. But now, it would seem that the STi and Evolution ride very similar with the only difference notable being subjective opinions.
 

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I think we're mis-reading that daily driver part. He was talking about the interior. He claims it's a draw and that the sparse desert that is known as the EVO's interior is better on a day-to-day basis.

This guy is a damn joke. But then, with his name being "Floyd", I resort to my Buick driving comment above.
 

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It makes me wonder sometimes whether these people actually test drive the cars they are reviewing.

The only way i can see the evo being a better daily driver is by the fact that the sti does not come stock with a radio. If you travel in SoCal then i can see where that is a problem. :p
 
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