I dont think its terrible, and im sure with the 2.0L it should be a great mix of MPG and Fun. I just wonder how much torque it will make and handle when people start modding this platform?
I will say that since 07 Subaru has gone from a "Drivers car" to a "anyone can get it and have fun" car, which makes sense you need to appeal to a larger audience. I loved my 09 wrx Hatch but i will say when i switched to an 05 Evo I could tell it was a Pure drivers car. (auto x, snow, some track time in both)
With that being said i get that the WRX is made to appear to the Subaru "in crowd" who want a good daily derivable fun car that will still take them anywhere. I just hope the STI will appeal more to the actual car enthusiast like they have been for many years.