If you can't say something nice ... Well, I, too, have to agree with most of my colleagues on this one.
The best thing about the turbocharged Imprezas is that they distract you from the inherent weaknesses of the new base Impreza. This is the first non-WRX Impreza I've driven since the new model was launched last year, and I'm pretty disappointed. The interior materials are among the worst on the market today; the seats aren't very comfortable; the speakers are the weakest I've heard in quite some time; and the styling (inside and out) is unimaginative.
If I needed an inexpensive all-wheel-drive car, I'd pick a Suzuki SX4 over this Subaru in a heartbeat.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor