I've driven moderately sporty cars for a few years (Legacy GT Ltd, MG-ZTT), but this new Impreza leaves them all standing. Very fast (but not *crazy* fast), surprisingly refined (even over eye-watering Ohio roads) and - get this - I'm leasing it for less than $250/month....unbelievable. I can't tell you how good I feel about this car, and how little it's costing me. If you're after speed and good looks - without busting your wallet - you would be insane to get anything else.
Low end torque and power. Very practical leg room in back. Best car I've ever driven for 'on ramping' :>) 5 stars for safety. Low leasing cost. Low cost of maintenance (if it's similar to my Legacy).
....ummm.....maybe the stereo could have better bass...?