Who has one? A 2.5i, 5spd in particular.
Fuel economy? Power? Tough enough for gravel roads? Highway comfort? Should I even consider a n/a Subaru? Id like a 2010ish 5dr.
I've got the exact car you've described and it's been a fantastic vehicle in every respect.
Power is more than adequate, even when fully loaded.
Comfortable for me (routinely do 6-8 hrs drives with no issues).
Fuel economy is just fine for what it is - previous car was a Corolla and I'd trade Symmetrical AWD for the marginally better fuel mileage any day living in BC.
I invested in great studded winter tires and the Impreza is virtually unstoppable when so equipped (no, it's not a TRD Tacoma, but use common sense and you're not getting stuck anywhere with this vehicle ).
Only negative, if you can call it a negative, is that I often find myself running out of space inside on longer camping trips and whatnot.
They are great cars imo. Good luck with your search.