The other comments are right, the EVO 6 is not meant to be a rival for the entry level WRX, Mind you, a WRX PPP wouldn't be that far off, 0-60 in 4.8, not bad for a 20k car.
Drive it in snow country and you'll change your mind. And I don't mean snow areas where 1 foot or 18 inches fall at a time. When you get 5-600 inches a year, at 24 to 40 inches at a time, you might change your mind (maybe not).
But I never wanted to like these cars, couldn't understand why people liked them so much. It didn't take long to figure out why they sell so well in snow areas. Seriously: In the snow they are a tool, not just a car. People don't buy them for style or prestige. They buy them by default. Nothing else seems to hold up as well or do as well in the snow. Nothing! And in the deep snow our lives depend on AWD and reliability.
Since I never buy a car with less than 100,000 miles on it, I find Subarus easy to fix and cheap to keep on the road. At first the layout is quite intimidating, but after the first head gasket job, you soon realize how easy they really are to work on. And you begin to laugh when people think a simple head gasket job is a big disaster and they decide to sell their Subaru for a song. It's such a quick and simple $200 job. (after you do one, it becomes such a simple job). If you can cook, sew, or change a circuit breaker, you can do most repairs on a Subaru. Nice stuff. Glad to have found these machines.