2.5i premium Impreza, automatic, silver ext. black int. So far it's a great car with a near perfect mix of everyday practicality and enthusiasm (shared use for two drivers). HP and Torque are good across the entire rev range, steering is responsive, suspension is just right. Manually shifted auto is great fix for so-so automatic. Ext. styling is handsome but subdued. Int. styling is nice and despite concerns for hard plastics the materials are good for those who have kids or other damage prone occupants. Bottom line: more sporty than any Toyota, more power than Hondas, more grip than anything, and an excellent community of owners to support anyone with questions or concerns. A great choice.
Excellent grip on all surfaces and in all conditions. Great engine, great steering and handling without typically punishing sport suspension. Hatch/wagon functionality. Manual shift automatic. Awesome AWD system + 4 wheel independent suspension is a great combo. Good build quality (time will tell).
Better fuel economy with sacrificing driving experience. Smoother, faster shifting automatic transmission. 5 speed automatic transmission would be welcomed upgrade.