I am in the market for a new car and a WRX is high on the list - probably the 5 door version. My last two cars were Audis and I had very good luck with them - 150k miles on a '99 A4 and 225k miles on my current ride, an '01 S4. But it is getting long in the tooth. Recently replaced a rear CV and fuel pump, the cost of which was about 40% of the value of the car.
Am looking at an Audi replacement, but they are so damned expensive. Well more than $45k for a new S4. Used A5 in high 30's. Not really interested in the A4. I drove a friend's and it was pretty lackluster with the auto and 4 banger. I require a six speed both for fun and because I find it a better tool for the 100 mile rt commute I do every day here in Maine, especially in the winter. A3 looks nice, but you can not get a 6 speed in Quattro. Hard to believe since Audi built its rep on Quattro.
Lots of Subs in Maine. People seem to love them. The traction system is pretty good. Biggest concern I have, other than esthetics, is chassis clearance. That is the nemesis of my S4. Goes through anything (with Hak R tires). But the deeper snow gets the more she floats. Good in a pow ski. Not so much with a snow car.
So would appreciate any experiences with the WRX in snow country.