Despite the exterior looks, mechanical-wise, it doesn't perform as well. Basically it is an impreza with bits from the Forester bolted onto it.
The engine has the headgasket problem partially fixed, I say partially fixed because now that it doesn't mix coolant with oil, there may be a possibility of it minor leaking externally.
Ride comfort is not too bad, but not that sporty as well. Reliability is superb as it hasn't required much repairs, and is still on original engine and transmission at 300k, although the body has started to rust quite a bit.