Hello all, I'm from Chicago and I'm looking to become a Subaru owner soon.
A little background. I'm a car enthusiast and currently own an '07 Mazda 3 hatchback (5MT). I've long been a fan of Subaru, in fact the WRX was on my shortlist at the time I bought the Mazda but ultimately I went with the more fuel-efficient option.
Recently, however, after our latest nasty Chicago winter I decided I've had enough and I need an AWD car with an auto transmission. Why auto? Because even though I enjoy swapping my own gears (I've been driving manual for 15 years), Chicago traffic is incredibly frustrating and I'm sick and tired of going in 1st-2nd gear for miles on end on my daily commute. There's simply no joy in that.
So I've been searching for: 1) a fun car 2) with AWD 3) with an auto transmission 4) preferably turbo. I narrowed it down to the 2015 Subaru WRX with the CVT. I know that a CVT is not the ideal performance car transmission but so far the reviews have been very positive. I've sat in a 2015 WRX at the Chicago Auto Show and I really liked what I saw. Hopefully I'll get the chance to drive one soon.
I also considered a 2015 Audi A3 but dismissed it after assessing the costs and pitfalls of owning a German luxury car.
So here I am, trying to find out more about Subaru before I become an owner myself.
(FYI I've posted this same introduction on another Subaru forum)