I have a 2010 Impreza Outback Sport - of which the Crosstrek seems to be a logical extension/successor.
- I like it - it's small, has a stick, handles great in the snow/ice gets decent mileage for an AWD car (the newer ones seem to have better ratings - 33 vs 27 on mine) and with care, I can even transport lumber on mine.
- It's not fast by any means, but it will get out of it's own way if you whip it.
- Comfortable on the road (for me, anyways).
- Plenty of room for a bicycle in the back, or for ski-trip luggage (well, for 1 or 2 people, anyways).