I should add that I am in an honest stale mate between the two. Really, the stereo is the biggest turn off on the Impreza, but I don't want to do an aftermarket unit/speakers. Cabin noise is the second issue. Otherwise, I would probably still be sold on getting the Subaru.
Does anyone know how well the Kicker upgrades work? If just adding a $250 option drastically improves the response, then it may not be so bad.