My Subaru is highly rated in safety, requires little maintenance, gets 25-30 mpg depending on town/highway and my right foot, has 4 doors, gets around fine in anything short of deep snow/mud, handles well, runs mid 12's in the quarter, and has plenty of headroom for me at 6'4".
They recommend premium gas for their turbo models, but I stopped paying attention to gas prices a long time ago. I have to pay whatever they charge anyway- so why bother worrying? You can run lower octane and the car will compensate by pulling timing, but it will obviously make a bit less power too. I got tuned for 93 and just stick with it. With bigger injectors and proper tuning you can use e85 without any problems in a Subaru fuel system and make quite a decent amount more power. On the STI models you can make 400 lb/ft to the wheels with just exhaust, injectors, an $80 fuel pump, and a good tune for e85. E85 doesn't do quite as well on mileage though. I think it's in the 20-25% mpg reduction range.
Edited by jason miller - March/08/2011 at 02:02