Originally posted by tnedator
The Magnum is really out of my price range, although it would be the most powerful.
The Legacy is going to cost several thousand more than the XT, plus I will not be able to get the 1.9% finacing on it, so the monthly cost will be higher.
The XT is the least powerful and worst handling, but is also the cheapest. In addition, I like the comfort, visibility, cargo area, etc. of my XS.
If money is a concern, and your first two points seem to suggest it is, then why even consider the others?
The FXT is no STI in handling, but for an SUV it's no slouch; and other than some more pronounced body roll, it should be extremely similar to your stock 02 WRX--at least from my experience in 04 WRX wagons Vs the 04 XT.
Take your WRX to your local dealer, drive the FXT, then drive the Rrex, draw your own conclusions--it'd be better than taking our word for it.