I had originally decided on the Mitsubishi Lancer, due to its selective AWD and its warranty. Upon making an appointment to purchase a Lancer I had a moment of second guessing and decided I would just go down to the local Subaru Dealer to look at some sticker prices. I found the sticker prices were the same for a Subaru Impreza Limited as it was going to be for a Lancer SE with more way more options installed on the Subaru. It also has an EPA rating of 7mpg more than the Mitsubishi. I went to the dealer a couple of days later to test drive the Impreza and was impressed by its features, handling, speed and build quality. Bought the undercoating and extended warranty, happy with my decision!
I was Impressed by the 2013 Impreza's Looks, Comfort, Build Quality, Interior Design and Feel, The CVT with Paddle Shifters is nice but takes getting used to if your a first time CVT buyer, but has plenty of highway pickup. The handling is perfect on slick New England windy mountain roads. Overall best bang for your buck in the smaller sized sedan market.
It has a smooth ride but can be loud on poor quality roads. The CVT can act as an engine break if you take your foot completely off the gas making it more diffcult to coast. The speaker quality in the limited could be improved to handle more bass, the stereo volume is very low until you reach almost 3/4 volume.