Originally Posted by Bladerunner
A Subaru WRX STi is the best bang for the buck interms of performance. I think it looks nicer than an Evo, but the Evo drives a little better out of the box. I have a 2.0 WRX that is upgraded with bigger turbo, shocks, springs, ect. I blows me away with it's capabilities. Mine also doesn't have that boy-racer looking spoiler, which I'm not a fan of. For a bit less money you could get a 2.5 RS WRX sedan or a Legacy sedan that have nice power also.
I don't think he should be the market for an STi if he's not really into cars. The STi is an absolute monster and he could be able to get something much more suited for him. I could be wrong though.