Originally Posted by Naga Royal Guard
I maintain that CG is such a fixed, nonadjustable (unlike your list up there) fundamental chassis factor that it's influence is profound and under rated.
I didn't want to say that center of gravity is unimportant, in contrast, just SUVs/CUVS already mess the CoG up big time by their shape and generally added weight(and yes, even huge wheels move that up, apart from ruining ride and handling), that the influence of flat 4 vs. a normal inline engine is less of an issue compared to a lower coupe/sports car/roadster; Even a good CUV usually floates a lot more and handles less sweet than an average sedan/hatchback of comparable category; You can't trick physics....
And to the Imprezza: A good chassis will always show, just as much as an (below) average one will, despite all the trickery higher end models offer; I'd even go as far that, power aside, the lighter weight, not huge wheels base models of hatchbacks (and small sedans) often handle sweeter than some over assisted, super firm (and heavier) range topping car, that probably have better grip, but also more weight, but again. sheer steering feel and nimbleness of handling can suffer