I guess I have not driven in deep snow with the stock tires. Well with the winter tires yet either. Also I have the Titanium with 17s so maybe they are different tires than you have on your SE, not sure.
I know what you mean about the Impreza. Subies in general handle awewome even with worn tires. My WRX (actually a 92x Aero) handled awesome with 45k on stock all season Potenzas. Even more amazing with new Conti DWS.
2012 Focus Titanium HB, Yellow Blaze, 400A, Winter, & 17" Black Machined Rims