Some of you'all know I've been a long time SAAB owner. I enjoy cars and expect a bit of enjoyment from my ride. I need them to be practical too. Which is always a tough mix. Usually fun means expensive (BMW, Audi, etc), cars i like but wouldn't buy. SAABs have been good to me, but I know great independent SAAB mechanics which made ownership much easier. I don't like dealerships for the most part. So I been anticipating having to replace the 2002 SAAB and I've been researching new cars for the last couple years. Cars in general have gotten better for sure, I liked the newer Fords I've driven for instance. I won't list the cars I've driven and for one reason or another have eliminated. It's just not cool and I'm not interested in dissing someone else's choice. Who's the other automotive outsider? Well, Subaru. The have a slightly different point of view. Boxer engines and four wheel drive. Known for reliability and longevity but also Rally racing. And in my opinion, they're grown the models, made steady improvements over the years. Since 2012 the Impreza is redesigned and it's a nice package, fun to drive and decent mpg. I was considering the Impreza, it's a nice car. Are Subarus the best cars money can buy? http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/19/subaru-best-cars/ They also made changes to the Legacy for 2013 that made it more attractive to me, stiffened the body, chain drive instead of a timing belt, better mileage, decent seats, very nice CVT transmission,... and they want to sell cars! No interest 36 month loan and two years free service plus a heck of a deal (i shopped the salesman for a couple months). On my second tank of gas and I'm averaging 28 plus in mixed Atlanta driving, fun to drive, fits all my gear in the trunk, nice stereo and fun in the twistys. Plus good seats and a well thought out drivers position. My SAAB days are behind me, sold it to the first guy who saw it.