Outside of a 2009/2010 Subaru WRX, nothing comes close to an all-purpose sports car than this little 2008 MS3 rocket ... and it looks so innocent! When it was purchased in 2008, the 2008 Subaru was not a performance match to this car, and it was over $2000. more than the Mazdaspeed 3 GT. Easy decision then and I'm glad I made it. It performs well in interior space for moderate hauling of things while having decent space for two adults in the back seat and loads of headroom in the front seat. All of this with great road-holding, good steering feel, great brakes and lot's and lot's of power ... almost too much torque for the front wheel drive ... but much fun to drive in spite of it.
A pure sleeper with the looks of a (gulp) small station wagon - but with the tire grip, handling and power of a good $40K sportscar. Virtually no turbo lag so it feels like a small potent V8 in a 3200 pound car while the cornering power and brakes are better than my old 2004 RSX Type-S ... sweet!
Use the power after the car is rolling or you'll find the biggest gripe - the torque steer and (if it's wet out) the wheel hop. Anywhere it gets below 50 degrees, you do need all-weather tires as a cold weather tire. Otherwise, my only complaint is the inaccuracy of the trip computer for mileage.