I looked at both and had the choice to buy either, the dealer had just got the MY02 and had a few MY01's left, same price, I opted for the MY01 Sedona Red Sedan 5 speed, Lighter ( 200 pounds, thats about .25 secs in the 1/4), sunroof!!!, hood scoop! styling is always subjective, but I had the choice between the 2 and I liked the MY01 Stlye much more, plus more porven mods that are gaurenteed to fit the MY01 but maybe not the MY02....the MY02 RS Does not have the same suspension as the WRX! ask any REX owner, also the chasis is not 150% percet stiffer, its 50% stiffer, some people dont understand percentiles, by saying its 150% stiffer that means its 2 and a half times stiffer than an MY01, uh no! the sunroof removal helps, yes but not 2.5 times stiffer.