This is very likely the best car I've ever owned. It's fun to drive, has a sporty feel, good pick-up, and handles flawlessly. Two weeks into owning it, I was driving south on I-75 and the skies opened up with one of Florida's nefarious thundershowers. Visibility was terrible, but was also the only reason I knew it was raining. The traction control and symmetrical AWD kept me glued to the road no matter how bad the showers got. In those conditions in all of my previous cars, I would have been maintaining 25 mph with the hazards on and a white-knuckle grip to the steering wheel all the while feeling the tires slipping around the road. The driver's side seat can be elevated with a lever on the side raising my vantage point several inches higher in the cockpit, yet still leaving ample headroom of at least 4 inches. I've read several professional car reviews of this model that criticize the trunk's interior midpoint slope, yet it's one of my personal favorite stowage features as it prevents your bags of groceries, etc. from sliding around the trunk and ending up in hard to reach places once you're home. Even if an item rolls out of a bag, it's right by the trunk latch for easy access and no strained reaching. The non-premium sound system is adequate, but the audiophile would certainly appreciate the upgraded system. When you shut the engine off, the headlights shut off, so there's no chance of running down the battery overnight due to careless error. You could actually leave the headlights in the On position full-time and forget about them. There is much hard plastic in the interior, but it's very firm and solid feeling, not thin and cheap like some other vehicles. The low tire pressure light came on the other day, and on brief inspection of the tires, it was not obvious a tire was underinflated. I added a little air, restarted the engine, and went on my way. I otherwise would likely have driven around on it like that for months before noticing myself. The fuel economy is compromised a bit due to the AWD, but in my urban driving, seems better than the EPA estimates. I have a relatively short work commute, and am on target for about 6 weeks on a single tank of gas, compared to 4 weeks in my previous car with similar EPA estimates. The body design is simple, sporty, and stylish, but does have a rather generic looking rear. The color on my Impreza is a bold reddish-orange Subaru calls Paprika Red Pearl that stands out in its uniqueness rather than blend in with so many other cars on the road with their equally fancy names for black, grey/silver, white, and navy blue. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase, and when it comes time to trade it in, I will almost certainly trade it for another Subaru, and quite possibly another Impreza.
This car punches above its price level in terms of performance. AWD sports car =all 265 horses hit the road. When you hit 3k RPM, you feel that turbo kick in and you are off! Look for the 2013 Orange ones - only 200 WRX and 100 STI were made with this trim package! To top it off - the car's safety features are keyed into Subaru's Rally car platform. These things are tanks in crashes! The A/B/C pillars are reinforced (basically a light-weight roll cage built into the car). The drivetrain buckle zones are designed to make the H-4 engine rotate vertical and act as a shield for the passenger compartment in a bad enough crash. Subaru knows a thing or two about how they perform in worst case crashes from decades of rally cross experience!
There are so many reasons I would recommend this car! It's given me no trouble, it's speedy and fun to drive, and there's plenty of room for all my stuff. The AWD makes it reliable in all types of driving conditions and in the Northwest that's pretty important.