This is our 1st Subbie and we're hooked. Heated seats, mirrors and wipers. This is a car designed for folks who live in the Great White North! Comfortable ride coupled to the security of AWD is a winning combination. The versatility of a wagon is a plus as well. Would not hesitate to recomend a test drive on a foot of freshly fallen snow!!
AWD is the feature on which this car is built. The 5 speed manual has a slick and positive feel. The rubber mat in the cargo area is "sticky" - things don't slide around. Get the thick rubber floor mats, they keep snow/mud/sand off your carpets. For an entry level model there are many surprising extras.
Miss a center arm rest? Seat fabric is nice to look at but gets dirty easily. The power with the manual transmission is adequate but that's all. If you like performance I'd suggest the XT model with the turbo. Personally I'd like a sixth gear to lower cruising speed engine noise as well as increase MPG.