Thanks for the welcome folks! I really loved the WRX. The three main factors that resulted in me going for the Crosstrek were:
1) Ground clearance for better all around all-weather, and off-the beaten path driving conditions.
2) Better gas mileage while not sacrificing the AWD
3) The ability to use regular octane gas as opposed to premium 93 octane.
Beyond that the crosstrek looks cool, has excellent utility capability and cargo space for a vehicle of its type, and sealing the deal was the level of reliability and safety that Subaru delivers in spades.
Performance? Thats all relative and the crosstrek does perform great, just not in the acceleration and braking department. Since I have never had any expectations for those things out of the Crosstrek I certainly don't feel cheated. I also still have a 91 GMC Syclone sitting in my garage so I still have an AWD turbo platform vehicle to drive when I feel the need for speed.