2005 Saab 9-2X Linear 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I bought the 9-2 Linear manual shift BECAUSE it was built by Fuji Heavy Industries who builds Subaru Imprezas. I've owned 2 Imprezas and they are the best car I know of if you need a tool to go in all conditions and have fun. With rebates the 9-2 cost same as a comparable Impreza, but much better looking, much quiet, more precise handling, side airs, cruise, sun-roof, heated seats, mirror and wiper defrosters ... most stuff not available on Impreza. Add in the far superior warranty and free service and loaners ... had to go with the Saab.
Back roads fun and sloppy roads stability with AWD. 28 mpg and proven reliability / high residual value at trade time.
The car is unimprovable for what I do with it ... it is a tool to get me 33 miles to work & back comfortably ... in all conditions ... and always fun.