For people who have already purchased this emasculated US-spec EVO, they will bring up any argument to justify that.
For folks who have not bit the bullet yet, I would suggest to wait a bit until the STi gets here.
I used to wave the EVO flag a lot in the past....until I read about the US-spec EVO and what it is coming with, stateside. Then I read about what the US-spec STi is packing and the EVO was history, as far as I was concerned.
If they introduce the AYC and the ACD in the US-spec EVO at least as an option, I would seriously look at the EVO again. Otherwise, I might take a test ride to check out how it feels but knowing what it really lacks, certainly will not consider it for a purchase. JMHO.