I bought this car to replace my overworked Honda Civic. This car has more than enough power and grip to satisfy most people. It makes driving fun again. I've been netting 26MPG the first couple of tanks. The hatchback is very roomy, but the rear window does cut it down some. The interior has the feel of an igloo cooler, but when you're driving you tend to forget about it. Stereo isn't that great, but like others have said you buy this car to enjoy driving it. Getting into the upper RPM range sounds like you're taking off in a jet even without the optional exhaust. This car has made my daily driving errands enjoyable, and I can't wait to hop in it again.
TURBO! AWD handling, comfy heated seats, unique feel of a Subaru (not like driving other manual cars), more aftermarket accessories than you can shake a stick at, an exhaust note to die for, a cult like following of Subaru supporters.
Less plastic on the interior panels, add a stereo with an included amp and subwoofer (the EX Civic has a 300watt system for crying out loud), drive by wire gas pedal feel vague at first, high performance All Season tires instead of summer tires.
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