i just bought a used 2002 WRX wagon. WHAT A RIDE! got a sweet deal on it. At first I was considering the Mazda3 but I was big on performance. What an upgrade compared to my slow 1994 Honda accord. My commute is so much fun now! Driving in the rain is not a problem with the AWD...so far so good. Filling my tank up with premium gas will hit the wallet hard, but the good outweighs the bad.
227HP, AWD, smooth ride with GREAT handling (difference is noticeable compared to my old Honda), Subaru extended warranty.
Cup holder in center of console (fixed in 2005 model). Buttons on the steering wheel would be hot (like on the Mazda3), hybrid WRX in the future?