I'm coming from a Nissan Xterra which has space for 5 people and a fair amount of space in the back. Gas mileage sucks (slightly worse than WRX) and the ride sucks. I'm honestly struggling a bit with pulling the trigger on a WRX because the gas mileage isn't good, you need premium fuel, the summer tires on the car, etc. But I honestly don't see much else out there I like. I guess the $25k-$30k is tough to swallow for a car.