Previously drove 2000 and 2002 Impreza hatchbacks. This one is by far the quietest and smoothest driving. Gas mileage about same as 2002 2.5l. Really like the window door frames. Hate limited visibility of sloping back of car and temporary roof rack mounting kit. Standard equipment Bridgestone Potenza tires ride well. Added sheepskin seat covers make front seats comfortable. Lost a couple of wheel well plastic screws holding front fender - sloppy construction. 5-speed gear box smoother than past models, accelerates nicely. Less cargo space than past Impreza models. Best looking Impreza so far and dead ringer as little sister to Lexus 300 SUV.
Quiet ride, smooth handling, improved suspension, decent gas mileage, estimated fuel economy monitor, and computerized air pressure sensor.
Eliminate the sloped roof and bring back the standard roof rack with runner strips in the middle. Bring back the temperature gauge - hate the idiot light on the dashboard. Bring back the green dashboard lighting instead of the red lighting. Add iPod connector to the radio.