"wanted a hatchback/small wagon - i carry lots of stuff in my car for work. did some research, and decided it was between the impreza and a mazda 3. the 2011 subaru has impressive reliability ratings, and i like the ride. it may be a bit stiff for some, but i'm used to a sport suspension. the cockpit is easy. i'm still getting used to the CVT - quite a change from the manual tranny i'm accustomed to using.
i'm getting about 28 mpg, and i drive hard. expect a little better mileage. the impreza handles well in curves, and has just enough power that i feel comfortable in tricky situations without throwing it into sportshift mode."