This is my first Subaru ive ever owned. Ive been a Mazda fan for years due to its "zoom-zoom" factor, I test drove the Impreza and walked away ecstatic. I bought the 5speed manual over the CVT because I love to shift gears. The CVT gets better gas mileage. The AWD system gives you grip right off the line, no waiting for power to build. I rarely feel the need to redline just to merge onto the highway, just a blip of the throttle, downshift and your off. This isn't a WRX and shouldn't be treated as such. The interior is pretty simple but very nice materials. Its very spacious and four 6ft adults fit nicely in my sedan.
The AWD system drives beautifully in the rain. The sleek profile and sharp windshield line allows for a small front door window for extra visibility.
The interior is very large for a sedan, do not get the moon roof if your over 6ft tall. The ride is surprisingly well for a compact. I get a combined 28 MPG in heavy city driving and 35 mpg on freeway driving
The stock speakers are terrible, upgrade to some aftermarkets and problem solved. No other complaints after 2000 miles