Originally Posted by Zeeper
Or a hyundai, or a kia, or a mazda, or a ford, or a chevy... everyone who makes a fwd car will welcome your trade, because they know that the Impreza will be easy to resell to someone else.
No. Keep in mind the car that VWGTI is coming from. He would be disappointed with all of those cars. He only drives 5k miles/year. Fuel economy should be his least concern.
The only cars I can think of that he might like (without spending a lot more money than the GTI) are another GTI but with the DSG tranny, a Focus ST (but that might only be available with a stick; I'm not sure), or a WRX or STI (with auto tranny).
I suspect he would hate ALL of the other cars you're suggesting, because fuel economy is not his real concern (whether he's willing to admit it or not). But driving dynamics, coming from a GTI which we all know is a hoot to drive, is what really matters to him; without that, he will be disappointed. So he needs another sporty car, not a Civic/Corolla/Hyundai/etc. And Long Island doesn't get snow like I do in upstate NY, and is mostly flat, so AWD isn't necessary for him either.
He just bought the wrong car. Coming from a TDI, I know what he misses about the GTI. While I've come to embrace the Impreza's advantages, he's having trouble making that transition (going from a 6 speed manual to the Impreza's CVT is probably the hardest part of that transition for him; my TDI and Impreza both had/have manual trannies, so I can squeeze more performance out of my Impreza than he can out of his).
This is just a case of buyer's remorse because VWGTI didn't accurately evaluate what's really important to him in a car. So you're right that he will only be happy selling his Impreza, but the cars you're suggesting won't do the trick either.