I wanted to post about my driving experience with the 2017 Impreza manual. I found it very hard shifting. It felt extremely awkward and clunky. I thought maybe I needed to get used to it, so I took it out on 3 different test drives and did not enjoy it at all. I had someone else test drive it and they could not get it to shift smoothly either. I really wanted a manual that's why I kept driving it hoping it would magically do better. I am coming off of driving the manual Honda Civic so maybe I am just spoiled as it really shifts nice. I have not owned an automatic in 15 years and didn't care to ever have one again, but after driving the CVT in the new impreza I have changed my mind. It was a much better driving experience than the manual. Maybe down the road they will upgrade to a 6 speed and add a turbo like Honda did, but right now it seems like the automatic is the best choice in the Impreza.