I purchased a Subaru Impreza WRX 5pd about six months ago. I must say it has been one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. Acceleration is good with the exception of a little turbo lag and the handling is great. The AWD take a bit getting use to being that you need to use a little more clutch than a FWD or RWD vehicle. I can wait to see how it does in the snow this winter. This is my first Subaru, but certainly not the last.
Handling, exterior looks, headroom, rear seat room, front sport seating, and the BIG tach right in the middle.
Better stereo, maybe smoother shifting (this could just be me getting use to a new AWD vehicle). I would say more HP, but then I should have purchase the STi version.