I feel your pain. Sacrificing a bit for kids, I was in your shoes, but I've had a lot of fun in my car now so I can't complain. In it's stock form, your wife is right. It is a bit of a granny car.
Unless the car has aftermarket rims, usually when I look at the drivers in Legacies, they have white hair.
If you're interested in a GT hood scoop hood, I may be able to sell you mine. I'm either looking to go after a larger 03+ STI hoodscoop or the birdcatching 04 Hoodscoop. It is probably going to be a couple months down the road though.