I was able to talk the wife out of a tundra due to probability of gas prices climbing very quickly...
I was just about to pull the trigger on a mazdaspeed3 when i read a comparison article with both the wrx and mazdaspeed in road and track. They really like the wrx, with it's newfound 265hp, fastest autox time (cobalt ss was also in there), yet compliant ride... I was surprised when I went to fueleconomy.gov and saw the subie gets about the same mpg as the mazdaspeed and civic si, even with awd.
I like everything about the subie, but here is my one concern...reliability.
Consumer reports doesnt give it high marks, and said it was below average reliability? I worry about the awd complexity and the fact that it isnt a japanese car...which i trust more so than anything else.
the honda is still in the mix with it's excellent reliability record, excellent shifter, handling, etc...
I do prefer the hatch's as I have a 20 month old with stroller that it will transporting ALL the time.
Oh, and there is a 2010 mazdaspeed on a lot nearby that i can get for 21K, as opposed to 25K for the subie or 23 for the honda thoughts?