I might be driving a Mazda 3 today were it not so hideous (yeah, it's funny, makes me smile sometimes, but it looks weird, I couldn't live with it). I do like my Impreza, with a 5sp and 22mm sway bar it can outhandle most of the rest of it's class. That being said, the CVT is a piece of garbage, and you are comparing one of the best cars out there with it. So yeah, your point is valid, up to a point. I would never trade in for anything from Chevy or Toyota for that matter. Enjoy your car man! I hear that 6 really is as good as you claim.