"Bought our 2007 new in early 2007, so there were some nice incentives. We have put on over 50k miles since and have not had any major mechanical problems. An HVAC cable broke, but the dealer blamed it on the stereo installation (umm sure, the installers are brutes, can break steel just by touching it). Any way, the handling is very secure and the poor weather performance is exemplary. The gas mileage is decent on the highway, we've consistently gotten 28 riding at 70 mph. Off the highway, it rides like someone removed most of the spring from the shocks, even on new, correctly inflated tires. It's more noise than actual impact, but it gives the car a cheap, clunky feel that belies its actual essential goodness. This car is ideal if you want to get where you're going safely, along with a bunch of your stuff. We have taken a number of trips with our 2 big dogs and a bunch of luggage (the roof container we bought helps a lot) and have been comfortable. I'm 5'10 and big boned (fat) and I've always felt comfortable in the car. The safety features, both active and passive, are excellent. The worthiness of this car is a lot like an iceberg; most of what is good about it is not readily apparent, especially safety and reliability. As for the much maligned appearance, well, it's beautiful to us like our German Shepherds. Some might find them scary and not too attractive, but we love them. Similarly for the Subaru. It's not too attractive, but when you have to drive to work at 6 AM in freshly unplowed snow with your loved ones, the car is a thing of beauty. Buy one if you want a car that does what a car is supposed to do and doesnt pretend to be an objet d'art."
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