I bought my 2008 brand new when I graduated college.
I'd been in a few older ones and knew how fun they were, but the 2008+ model years really add a touch of comfort and practicality whereas the previous models just felt slightly cheap.
It is a blast to drive and anyone who I've let behind the wheel has fallen in love with it.
The AWD has exceeded my expectations in the our tough Utah winters.
My only complaints are the interior could be a bit more exciting (esp dash), but I think they did address that in later models.
Stock wheels are a joke (mine BENT the first year on small potholes) but just replaced them w/better looking one.
Overall, a great car with far more pep than you'd think
Smooth shifting, fun to drive, comfortable seats.
Wish it had a moonroof option(should've waited another model year), better wheels.