This is my first Subaru and probably not my last! I bought this car brand new April of 2014 and since then have put on 26,000 miles. I live in the mountains of Vermont, where last year we got more snow than anywhere else in the lower 48 states. This little car performed like a champ! I often times drove out of my driveway that was covered in a fresh 12 inches of snow (Without snow tires!). I average 30 MPG, which I find to be great considering it's AWD and I have a few mountains that I traverse everyday. If you need good gas mileage and a car that can get you through the worst of winters, this is it! I also like that it comes standard with almost every modern safety feature. As of now no repairs, just oil changes.
Lesson: do not assume that after a test drive you can tell anything about the car seats. It's not long enough. After a month of driving this car I feel like I may have to take a loss and trade it back in due to the most painful seats I've ever had in a car. I've tried multiple seat cushions and no improvement. My 2010 Honda Fit Sport by contrast (a less expensive car with fewer features) had seats that I could drive all day in and never get a sore back. I have the leather seats and there is no real cushion or padding at all under them. It feels like a cheap half deflated air mattress with a leather cover. A driving distraction too because I'm constantly fidgeting in discomfort.
-Obvious better handling and traction from AWD
-Great fuel economy considering AWD
Put some seats with some padding in the car
Get a decent audio system, especially for a "premium" level trim - my Honda Fit had much better audio
I bought my Impreza brand new and now have about 3,000 miles on it. So its still very new. However I am averaging
31MPG on the mountain roads of Vermont. I was pleased to see that I got Power windows, power locks, bluetooth, aux/usb, and a CD player in the basic model. I added the roof rack, spoiler, and mud guards which makes the car look good. I would recommend adding those if you are getting the base model, otherwise they look like a toyota matrix. As far as comfort goes its not to bad. I fit as a 6'2 205lbs man. The hatchback provides plenty of space for groceries and camping equipment..... If you are concerned with MPG and need AWD then this is a wise choice.
Bluetooth, Aux/USB, side airbags, MPG, sporty look with spoiler and roof rack. Good Ski culture car.
Car only has 3000 miles [not 'broken in' yet!] and I'm getting 27-29 mpg city, 34 highway [85/15%] - using math, not dash computer. Doing posted speed; cruise control whenever possible; no jack-rabbiting. Can't wait until it's broken in!! Didn't want the biggest car, the fastest car, the most impressive car. Wanted reliable, safe, nimble and GREAT gas mileage and my Impreza delivers on all counts. Gets me to my destination with no worries about road/weather conditions. Nimble steering; low profile not bothered much by high winds. Ride comfort is acceptable. Main complaint is the red dash lite - really? What idiot OK'd that?? Bluetooth great, radio could be better but have had much worse.
awd all the time (not just when the car senses 'slippage), gas mileage, nimble handling, rear window wiper [that's why I got the hatchback, not the sedan].
Added fog lights [yes, they come on the Sport but so do roof rails which I didn't want] and remote start [park outside - totally worth it when it snowed...]
Get rid of that damned red dash lighting.
If you have to use a color [why - what's wrong with 'white'??] use green - didn't the engineers read the paper a few years ago about green being easier to see than red??
Seat belt extenders - apparently there are no Asians with boobs testing cars.
Some females have (real, not factory bought) boobs and the belt rides UP, cutting into necks.
Solved that by twisting the belt 6-7 times before fastening.
I'm guessing that's compromising the safety - but breathing is more important...