Kinda still Subaru related? Not entirely off-topic... I'm tired to driving a truck around all the time, and I want a fun car (hey, mid-life crisis here). What I want is a small, fun car that's got a decent range of "luxury" features. I like to be cheap, but I can afford more if the value is there. Let's say in the $35-50k range for starters. Must haves: - AWD - At least 250hp, turbo preferred. - Crisp handling. - Automatic transmission is unfortunately, a must (vehicle needs to be drive-able by my whole family, not just me), but it has to be a good automatic, with quick manual shifting mode. - Super supportive, comfortable, heated seats (front at least). - Enough head/legroom in the front for up to a 6' 3" driver or passenger. Backseat can be smaller, but functional for normal sized humans for at least a short trip. - Adaptive cruise control - Traction control needs to be minimally intrusive and able to be disabled in a meaningful way (not like my truck where if the wheels get spinning over 30mph it turns back on 100%). - Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Nice to have: - Heated steering wheel - Cooled seats (at least front) - Moonroof - Hatchback Can't haves: - SUV or Crossover - Anything Fiat/Chryser Prefer not to have but may consider: - German I've test driven the 2022 WRX GT, and while it checks a lot of the boxes, the Recaro seats totally don't fit me. They basically jab into my kidneys and destroy my back. The 2.4 sounds like **** too. I have not driven the lower spec versions of the current WRX, but my 2016 Limited had really underwhelming seats. It's kinda chonky, frankly at 3,500lbs. I test drove a Mazda3 2.5 Turbo hatch. It was nearly perfect. The front seats were like they we made for me specifically, the engine was powerful (310 lb/ft torque stock is sweet), sounds fantastic, and it'll happily detune itself to run on 87 octane if need be. The back seat was marginal, but not a deal breaker. The front door openings however, were so small that no matter how I folded myself up I was hit either my head, knee or hip trying to get in the car. The sedan might be different, but I haven't found one to try yet. Those are what I've actually driven. Golf R? Well, it's German, and the R with the DSG transmission starts at $46K and there really don't seem to be any out there, but it's on the possible list. Corolla GR? Manual only. And I'm under the impression it's nearly impossible to actually get one. Infiniti G50 Luxe AWD? I had initially discounted this due to it's size, but maybe I gotta consider some larger cars to get what I want? I've always liked Nissan cars, so maybe? Too bad the Red Sport 400 trim is outside of my defined price range... BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe? German again. $47,600 base price and then it's another $2,450 to add heated seats that I'd expect to see on a mid-level Camry? I hate the interface for pretty much everything in BMWs too. BMW 330i xDrive M-Sport "Design" Gran Coupe. See above. At least the heated seats are only a $1,500 add on to the $49K starting price. Mercedes C300 4MOTION AMG Line? This might actually be the best I've seen on paper, but god damn is it a boring looking car. $50k+ the way I'd want it, but freaking loaded. German though. Genesis G70? I know little to nothing about the fancy Hyundais. It's marginally in my power range at 252hp, but the 3.3T looks way more like it, but gets really pricy fast. Audi S3? Know very little about these. Except German. Provide me with your wildly uninformed and biased opinions the way only MNSubaru can!