2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5 i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I moved to the US 2 years ago and have bought 7 cars since. A Porsche 911 was impressive, a 2006 GTi lasted 3 months, various other boring stuff. An '05 Legacy gave me a hint of what I really needed. The STi is a average motorwar car, it uses more fuel than I expected. It's also everything a sports car should be, effective, fun, fast and makes you want to get in and drive just for the joy of it. Unlike the 911 you don't need to worry all the time, SUVs don't cut you off for fun, you just sit in your blue and pink world and smile at the sheer joy of a sorted chassis and engine that sounds like its CD would go platinum. As for when the snow comes. LOVE IT.
Handling. No frills, just engine, gearbox, drive train, braking performance and quality. Marketing influenced consumers will hate it.
Better stereo or leave a hole in the dash and buy your own. It doesn't show but it weighs too much, don't let Newton know or he will spoil our fun. None the less, it has to hurt economy, brake wear and ultimately performance.