After this past winter my wife wanted all wheel drive but wanted a car not SUV or truck, factor in affordability and Subaru stands alone. This is our first Subaru and so far have been happy. We prefer the more grown up look of the 08 compared to the previous juvenile looking Imprezas. The interior is pretty roomy and comfortable and the exterior is generally pleasant even though it is mistaken for Toyota Corolla by people at first. The car has a nice ride and handles well, the back seat is roomy for a compact and the trunk isn't bad once you factor in the back seat folds down. The cloth seats have a nice look. Gas mileage has been in the 20's with 7500 miles driven.
Over all roomy inside. All wheel drive. More grown up look inside and out.
The doors inside need finished better, the plastic just seems kind of cheap. Also, a cruising speed 35 mph to 70mph the car is kind of noisey but better than previous Imprezas I understand. There is an annoying noise that comes and goes, have not identified it yet.