I think as it turns out that the stock XT has a pretty soft suspension. Aesthetically, I don't think I could get a Forester to the point that I liked the way it looked. (with a little work and $$$, I've managed to get there with my WRX...) It's just a little too utilitarian-looking for my taste.
On the plus side for the Forester, I do love the idea of a 2.5Turbo.
But NO, I would still have gotten my WRX!
Just my opinion, of course.