I wanted a shifter sedan that had AWD but something different from an Audi/BMW. I loved the looks of this car and how solid it feels when driving. To me it is a true sport sedan. I think I would be happier with the short-throw gearbox and will probably have that installed by the dealer before too long. It is a great road trip car but definitely sucks down the premium fuel. Overall I have been very happy with the car and plan to drive it for years to come. I had an Acura previously and while I think the Subaru is much more fun to drive I miss the interior quality of the Acura.
Definitely the horsepower. It would be difficult to go back to a car with less.
The sound system leaves a lot to be desired. There is NO storage in the cabin of this car - even the glove box is too shallow to fit my sunglasses. The seats are nice but interior fit and finish in general is not the quality I would have expected in a car in this price range.