I am seriously considering both now both would be around the same price too, well equipped but no leather for around $25.5-26K. Both would be stick. Mazda looks a little flashier, and is perhaps a little more tossable. Pure rwd also. Also more of a real "sports car" (well, not really but you know what i mean. Legacy is more practical and definitely faster AND more upgradeable. Better for chicago winters too with the AWD. But looks like a typical family sedan, which is both good and bad. whatcha guys think?