Originally Posted by KMA2
I'd like a little better performance and a nicer sound. wife and two kids,
It has to be quiet-ish. NO DRONE whatsoever. it can't sound stock
high quality, but not too expensive.
I want to spend enough money to reach my goals, but no more and no less. There is very little chance I'll go beyond stage 2.
I want it to look nice, but not stand out. It also has to hold up to upstate NY winters and being used as a dd.
On the 2011 hatchback, the exhaust brands you've mentioned will be much louder and will drone. Go with the downpipe, a torqued performance or Cobb OTS stage 2 tune and be done. I've sat shotgun in a sedan and hatchback with just a downpipe. The sound is deeper when you get on it, but very quiet when you're just cruising. As far as looks, the stock catback and muffler/tips don't look terrible so just leave them alone. Just my 2 cents, from experience.
Edit: 48 year old talkin to ya, son. ;-)