I have my 06 GS auto and a 02 WRX sedan manualYeah Jalopnik has never been friendly to the 4G, so this was kinda nice to see. I agree with you, only other car I've seriously considered and shopped was the Evo, and I kinda gave up on that recently.
I guess ppl loved the 2G’s because of the turbo for the ones that were turbo, and the ones that were AWD which there were even less, and F&F lol, which hey btw I sat in the real green Eclipse movie car, I have picture proofI don't understand the 2G love. It was a flimsy chassis, that's why it was light. And as for being the best, well, it was slower 0-60, slower 1/4 mile, worse cornering, lower top speed, less cargo space, less seating room, worse fuel economy according to the EPA, less reliable by problem reports... It's just the one people want to modify more, which is fair, but that doesn't make it by any stretch the better sports car
As for modern cars I'd buy, I'd rock a TTRS off the lot these days. Or even a TTS. A white TTS will likely be my next purchase. They're easy to pull 400hp and 45mpg out of, and do 11s in the 1/4 with daily driver feel and reliability with the fuel pump, DV, downpipe, and tune it takes to get there.