Originally Posted by stevehnm
I agree with your first sentence here. However, I came from the opposite direction. I already had a car that was rated at 36 mpg highway EPA, but with a new extended commute wanted a replacement since my Corolla had over 200k miles on it. Unfortunately the Impreza gets nowhere near the highway mpg that the Corolla gets (currently about 8 mpg less with the same commute), even though they are rated the same.
My neighbor has a 5-speed corolla which inspired me to get a more fuel efficient car as well. So I understand where you are coming from. I did realize that by getting the impreza due to the awd that it might not be the most fuel efficient car I could buy, but with all features considered I felt it was my best choice. I needed the room, and had to have an awd period. It seemed to be the best choice. I deal with so many people with work that I adopted the "trust but verify" mentality.