My vote goes to the cobra as well. Truthfully, I do kinda like the STi. They have a deeper exhaust tone than most imports, and they are all around solid performers. The AWD is good, but RWD is FUN! The AWD would be good too in the winter, BUT you will need the extra set of tires, plus your going to drive around your precious sports car in the snow and get all the salt and chemicals on the paint and the wheels...which will take its toll. Also, AWD will handle better than RWD in snow by any means, but that doesnt mean it will handle on rails just because it has 4 wheels spinning...its just a little more usefull. For the few short times I have ridden in a cobra, I have been very impressed. They are fast, easy to modify, and both look and feel like a sportscar. The STi might look cool on the outside to you, but inside its not going to feel like a sportscar. Its still an econobox...even if it is fast. I am biased as well really, but I love the idea of owning a fast, raw muscle car. Just take them both for a test drive, and see what you like. In the end, its your money, and you should buy what YOU want, or you wont be happy with it.