If you live in the snow belt (I'm in Alaska) it's hard to argue with this choice. Subaru's non-turbo models offer the best fuel economy currently available with AWD - I get 21 to 23 in the city (depending on time of year) and can get 30 on the highway (real numbers calculated at the pump). It would be nice if there were an AWD deactivation feature, but that might lessen safety and reliability. The cloth seats are great (leather is terrible in cold weather & bad for the environment/inhumane). You won't win drag races in this, but it's the only thing available that offers its blend of reliability, safety, AWD, a manual transmission, and good fuel economy in the same package.
Crash test scores, reliability, looks (now the only non-ugly Subaru), more back seat room than Impreza (in 2006), interior styling & upholstery, improved fit & finish over prior Subarus, fuel economy (good for an AWD). It's a wagon with a stick shift - awesome (they don't make em anymore).
Bring the diesel boxer engine over from Europe. Make heated seats & steering wheel standard.
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