Complex Says: The STI is easily the best hatchback out there. Yes, you pay a hefty chunk of change for the privilege of owning it, but it's worth every penny. For your $34k-plus-options you get a car that isn't just a genuinely practical five-seat, five door, but a car that wins lots and lots of rally races every year. There's no compromise.
Unless you can't drive stick, in which case you should learn.