Well. I'm happy to say that the auto in the 1.8 was surprisingly more frisky and rev happy than I originally thought. It's relatively quick upon acceleration as well, considering you're driving a saloon automatic. Performance: well. on 13's, this thing is fun. Diving into corners is great. The perfect amount of body roll, the perfect amount of predictable understeer, the FF oversteer is extremely entertaining on a car with 170k+ miles. This car is fine. It is just a perfect cruiser. Yea, it's not turbo. Yea, its not AWD. Yea, it's not a manual. But you know what - this car has heart. This car will get you from here to there. And you'll be comfortable. And to hear the 13's squeal...
Subaru reliability. Seats as wide as a horse. Quick revs. Giant steering wheel. Rolling understeer. Championship white color. Trunk size. Back seat size. 13 inch wheels. Pillarless doors.
Nothing. You cannot change anything on this car. You will create a different car. This impreza is what it is in its completeness. If you want to "improve" it - go buy a AWD or a boosted impreza.