I am loving my Limited. The interior is finished SO nicely, I enjoy the more "luxury" features more every day, and above and beyond that it's an STi! It's just the perfect car for me.
I think the car you decide on really depends upon what you need and want from your car. There are certain things that I really like about the Evo, but if I had to stare at that interior every time I drove I'd scratch my own eyes out. Just my personal preference though, which is that I think everybody's decision should ultimately be based on.
if it was 2004 i'd take the STi but since then the STi has gotten softer and fatter and has added longer 2nd and 3rd gear...the EVO has kept the same lb's and gained more power..if i was in the market today i would get EVO 9 without a doubt
Man, I hate to say it, but if you were looking for good biased advice... you came to the wrong place. Obviously most of us here are going to prefer the STi for whatever reason.
But between the STi and the EVO, you really can't go wrong. They're both incredible cars.
As far as the MS3, I love it too... and I know it's a quick, great looking car. But it's totally a personal decision of whether or not you want to spend more or less money. I don't think you'll find the performance of the car to be up to the standards set by the other two, but the MS3 is certainly an incredibly fun car with a good engine.
The SE comes in GSR and MR trim levels, but I think provides a better bang-for-the-buck in the GSR trim. If I had waited that's what I would have gotten. It comes with HIDS, aluminum roof, and BBS wheels...all 3 options why I chose the MR.
*sigh* since I'm getting PM's... I'm sorry if anybody feels insulted by what I said. I don't feel that it's anything you wouldn't hear on prime time television, but if people here are more sensitive than that I'll restrict what I say.