Tim here - future owner of WRX. I am getting ready to buy one - I've been wanting the WRX for a while now, and am planning to purchase one in the near future. I'm 99% certain it's going to be the WRX, but want to do more research in the meantime, especially on the new 2012 model. I have mixed feelings about it, as I really like the current wide-body version.
a little about myself: I'm 29, work in finance/operations (coming from IT background) in NYC, but live in CT. Major interests: photography, motorcycling and outdoors. I currently own an '05 Saabaru 9-2x linear MT and love it! I've put 70k on it in 5 years and never had a problem (knock on wood). I've set it on a rock once while driving on an unpaved road in ME, I've gone through snow where SUV's wouldnt dare going, and unpaved roads cause a big smile on my face. Manual is my preference - in fact that was THE main requirement when i was shopping for cars last time.