Have owned 2 other "economy" Saturns and this one beats them all hands down. Looked at the Subaru models and simply could not justify the pricing. Fell in love with the size, styling and features. All things considered I love driving this car and feel like I finally own a luxury car.
Smooth acceleration, ultra quiet interior, awesome interior lighting, luxury exterior, OnStar & XM radio, all the safety airbags
Blind spot due to wide pillars at either side of windshield; loose change drawer on driver's side dashboard keeps popping open; more consistent gas mileage-started out local at 24 mpg and am now down to 18mpg after 2 months driving(got 29-32 consistent on my Ion)