id try to find something with less miles, really when you cheap out too much your just gonna end up paying what you saved on the car, on repairs and stuff. you said you were looking to spend 14 tops? try to find one around that price and you will be set. still try to find a good legacy gt or forrester xt, or maybe a outback xt, stock they will out acclerate a wrx, and the handling is similar, atleast with the legacy.
ill put it this way,
wrx- smallest, most nimble, sportiest overall.
legacy gt- fastest out of the group handles almost as good as the wrx, luxorious.
forrester xt- biggest, most offroad capable, still faster in a straight than a wrx, but the steering is a little boaty. dont underestimate it though, i think it hardly weights much more than an sti, and while it is a compact suv, it can handle very well for how much ground clearance it has.
outback xt- pretty much a lifted legacy, so you get more ground clearance, a little bit tougher of a car, but you get boaty steering and less fun and sporty, (good cars for jumping though!)