When all of the dreary, everyday driving is taken off the agenda, which keys do you reach for first? The 2020 Subaru WRX Series.White makes a solid argument for the return of some old-school values, taking what has long been a car to flatter enthusiasts and giving it a cold-as-ice revamp that doesn’t break the bank.
Subaru has refresh plans for the WRX next year, but that’s not to say it has finished playing with the current-gen model now. Latest in a series of special editions is the Series.White, which pair a spec’d out 2020 WRX and WRX STI with exclusive paint, fancy wheels, and some exclusivity.
The WRX STI Series.White is faster and more powerful, but I think the regular WRX version is the sweet spot. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine isn’t excessive: with 268 horsepower it may be the most potent of the WRX family, but that number is no longer outlandish. What that means, though, is a car you can feel you’re driving properly without instantly breaking every law in the book.
Would there be better cars to pick with a wide-open racetrack available to you? Sure, but the combination of that whining turbo pulling hard and Subaru’s sturdy and predictable six-speed makes for a playful escape from the lights without instantly throwing you into license-losing territory. Come the corners, meanwhile, and the sports suspension – with Bilstein dampers for the front inverted struts and rear double-wishbones – justifies its noticeable firmness.
Neat, and nimble, and fun. It’s a straightforward recipe, which makes you wonder why so many automakers have apparently forgotten it. The WRX Series.White’s handling is precise and agile; as communicative of the road as you could hope for. Standard all-wheel drive and torque vectoring flatter keen drivers and rescue the nervous.
Unlike the STI, the regular WRX escapes the adjustable center differential and other drive mode complexity. I’m sure there’s a certain audience out there who loves that ability to tinker, but it always just leaves me paranoid that I’ve foolishly overlooked the “perfect” settings I should’ve switched to. Better, then, to have the WRX’s like-it-or-lump-it singularity of purpose. It drives the way it drives, and that’s all you’re getting.
The Series.White car gets keyless entry and push-button start, LED fog lights, and steering responsive headlights. That’s nice for a WRX, though everyone else would be forgiven for just assuming every new car had them. The matte bronze 18-inch wheels offset the Ceramic White paint well, too, though I wish the WRX got the silver Brembo calipers of the WRX STI Series.White rather than the red. Then again, I prefer the smaller, subtler spoiler on the non-STI car, so I’ll accept the compromise.
There are the usual WRX foibles (to put it generously). Cabin quality and design feel a little last-generation, with plenty of hard plastics, and it’s hardly a quiet car: road noise and wind noise are more noticeable than you’d expect. The ultrasuede-trimmed Recaro seats are pleasant, and there’s lots of space in the cabin and trunk, but even with the red accents the interior feels dark. The fact that the standard Performance Package deletes the sunroof among its changes doesn’t help there.
Usually around about now is the time that I’d mention the WRX Series.White demands a few concessions to everyday life, or that its manual transmission might get a little frustrating on the typical commute, or that its stiffer suspension isn’t going to deliver the sort of supple ride passengers might appreciate. “Everyday life,” though, is pretty darn weird at the moment.
Living in a time of pandemic – social isolating in such a time – has left me feeling a little differently about cars, and I wouldn’t be surprised if others are feeling the same way. Suddenly “commuter friendly” seems less important when increasing numbers of people are working from home. Ride comfort starts to take a distant back seat to something that, on the rarer times that you actually do drive it, delivers a more engaging experience overall.
Look, I know we’re not going to be self-quarantining forever. Eventually the mundane A-to-B trips will resume; we’ll stop thinking about a run to the grocery store as a once-a-week-treat. Nonetheless, is it too much to think that we might end up with an appetite for something more interesting afterwards?
If so, we may need to act fast. “Enthusiast” cars – ones which truly leave you feeling connected to the drivetrain, as you do in the WRX Series.White – seems to be getting rarer. The Miata has stuck around, but not everyone can squeeze their regular lives into a two-seater. Sports crossovers are a growing category, but there are some times when only a nimble sedan will do.
At $33,995 (plus $900 destination) the 2020 WRX Series.White is less than the average new car purchase in the US last year. It’s also – with only 500 being made – going to be fairly rare. Subaru has no shortage of limited-editions in its back catalog, mind, so I’m not sure that will do anything for longer-term residuals.
There I go again, though, being all sensible about it. At the end of the day, you pay your money and you make your choice. Do you want a car that can put a smile on your face, one which positively encourages you to take it for a spin, or do you want another appliance in your life?
The Secret Photos Feature That Makes Your Hidden And Recently Deleted Photos More Secure
Much like with Notes, you can now set passwords for the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums in Photos and keep them locked and secure. This MacOS Ventura feature is enabled by default. You would be required to key in your Mac computer’s login password or use Touch ID to gain access to either of the two albums.
This is especially useful for people who regularly transfer photos into a secret space within the Photos app so that other people who may have access to the machine won’t be able to snoop and view private shots that easily. You can keep photos from being displayed in your library by following these steps:
- Launch the Photos app.
- From the sidebar, hit “Library.”
- Pick the photo or group of photos you’d like to conceal.
- Choose “Image” from the menu bar that runs along the top of the computer screen, then hit “Hide [number] Photos.”
- Click “Hide” to finalize.
Marked photos will then be moved into the “Hidden” photos folder, which can be accessed by going to “Library” again in the sidebar and hitting “View” from the menu bar in order to “Show Hidden Photo Album.” Since the password-lock feature is automatically turned on for the secret folder on MacOS Ventura, you may be required to enter your login password or use Touch ID (if you have it set up) to display hidden photos again.
In addition to hidden photos being password protected, other users who hop on your Mac computer will not be able to just check out or recover any newly deleted photos. Photos that were moved into the Recently Deleted album can be restored and moved back into the main Photos library within the period of time stated for each file.
Sony Just Kicked Off A Huge ‘End Of Year’ Sale On PS4, PS5 Games
In all, there are just over 800 items on sale across both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Not everything is games, however, as there are some expansions, add-on packs, and other forms of DLC that are also included in the savings. Filtering out the extras, it’s closer to 600 (573 or so) games and game bundles.
There is, of course, plenty of older stuff in the mix like 2013’s “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag,” “Knack,” and “Murdered: Soul Suspect” (wow, remember that one?). But there are also a fair number of newer titles that are being discounted as well. If you were curious about “Gotham Knights” or you really want the X-Factor Edition of “NHL 23,” both are up for grabs at around 50% off. But if you want something that moves a little faster, there’s also the Digital Deluxe version of “Sonic Frontiers” for 30% off ($48.99).
If you want to check out the full list, you can find it over at the PlayStation Store or hop onto the online shop via your PS4 or PS5 console. Just look for “End of Year Deals,” or open the intrusive ad Sony most likely dropped in your system’s main menu.
The Best SUVs Of 2022
The Suburban is the largest SUV that Chevy offers, and it’s perfect for hauling large families, lots of luggage, trailers, or whatever else you want it to. The 2023 Suburban recently launched with GM’s latest Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, but other than that, not much has changed over the past few years. The thing is, it doesn’t need to, as the reason the Suburban remains a perennial bestseller despite being one of the oldest nameplates on the road is simple: space. There are very few passenger vehicles on the market that offer such a cavernous interior as the Suburban, which means buyers can usually look past the SUV’s other shortcomings.
It might be huge, for example, but the interior isn’t always up to scratch in terms of quality, especially in higher trims where prices start to creep uncomfortably close to true luxury rivals. Its base suspension is also just okay rather than great, and suffice it to say, it’s far from the most efficient SUV on the market. But, all those things matter less if you’re just looking for a big car that can haul people or cargo with ease, and for that alone, the Suburban retains its title as one of America’s best SUVs.
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