I sympathize with the OP.
I went in to the Subaru dealership in February 09 with the intention of buying an '08 2.5i knowing I couldn't afford a $25k car (WRX). My luck was good that night because there was an 08 WRX on the lot marked down to $19,500.
The issue I had to deal with after was all the idiots making fun of my car because it looked like a Corolla. I couldn't care less. I had a WRX!
The people making fun of you for having a 2.5i are shallow and heartless. They could never own a 2.5i and be happy with it the way you are, and that says a lot about you.