Traded in a 2004 Honda Civic EX at a LOSS to buy this car. At the time we bought the Civic this was our first choice, but the cost was prohibitive. Too bad we did not go with our first choice. If you live in the north this car is the best. Heated seats, wiper de-icers - all designed with us in mind but the AWD is INCREDIBLE! Have had it in 12 inches of fresh snow with NO wheel spin at all. Complaints of lace of power are not as apparent on the manual transmission. Fit & finish are excellent as are the extras such as heated mirrors and seats. No air leaks into the cabin on windy days. If you live in the Great White North and you are considering this car (in any form) BUY IT. You will NOT be disappointed.
Without a doubt it has to be the AWD. Otherwise nothing shakes or rattles. Already have performed 1st oil change with ease. Service is easy with plenty of room to get to things under the hood. We were surprised at the smooth ride and handling. Love the slick, positive feel of the shift lever.
Get rid of the hydraulic clutch. No feel at all. A cable works better and weighs less. Needs an arm rest on the center console. Cup holders need to be moved out of the way of the shifter.