I bought my Suby new and have had it for almost a year. I love the styling and the sporty feel of the car. The 2.5 liter is peppy, with good hp and torque, and it runs on Regular gas. Performance could be a little better with the a/c on but is still ok. I would have preferred the power of the WRX but didn't want to buy premium fuel, which is a requirement of the turbo motor. Some of the interior materials are a little on the cheap side but still ok for the money. The carpeted floormats are cheap and the driver's side has almost worn through where my heel rests. The seats are quite comfortable and supportive. I bought the car more for the security of all wheel drive and the sporty-ness than for the interior materials. The optional tweeters and subwoofer package improved the stereo a lot.
We test drove ours and fell in love. Went with the wagon over the sedan b/c the back seats in the 2006 sedan don't fold down and we didn't want to have to put everything on a rack (snowboards, bikes, etc). It's easier to just fold down the seat in the wagon and throw them in.
The biggest drawback on this vehicle is the gas mileage, which is expected with all wheel drive and the WRX engine, but it still sucks. Also, with the WRX, you have to get at least mid-grade gas. Ouch.
Overall, we love our Subaru. It handles great and is so fun to drive. We never get nervous about winter road conditions here in Vermont with this beast.
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