This AMAZING car is my daily driver and our family car for almost 2 years now. It's very reliable, safe, and SCARY-FAST around the curves, due to it's superb AWD system. It has an extremely responsive handling on asphalt and is very nimble in the pouring rain. It truly is a great TUNER'S car and the 4B11T engine will easily handle 400hp to 500hp:) The interior is mediocre and the trunk is tiny, but the Recaro seats and RockFord sound system are excellent. Gas mileage isn't too bad, my average is 24-26mpg on the hwy. Draft behind an SUV within my 40 mile commute and my 450hp Evo can get 26-28mpg. Considering price and performance potential, the Evo is hard to beat.
The aggressive styling. Plenty of safety such as 7 air-bags, ASC, ABS with EBD, etc. Recaro seats. 4B11T engine. S-AWC. Brembo brakes. Fast key. Rockford sound system.
A 6th gear would help to lower the rpm to improve mpg. Reduce the gross- weight of the car. 19" stock rims.