"I bought this car 9 years ago with 173K miles. It's now got about 238K and is still running pretty well. It's needed replacement parts as things wore out, but nothing major. We've gone on a lot of long road trips, including one from NYC to Oregon and back, and the car just keeps going.
I love how it handles--the AWD keeps it hugging the road, even in mud, snow, or rain puddles. Some people might not like the slightly jerky shifting, since you can definitely tell when the car is going up a gear. I find it reassuring, since I learned to drive on a standard shift. Aside from that, this car is fun to drive. I obey the speed limit, so I couldn't say how quickly it goes, but it can definitely handle regular highway speeds, and it had no problem doing 75 when we were in Montana and Wyoming. It responds quickly, it feels almost like it already knows what I want it to do!
It has a lot more cargo and passenger space than you'd think, looking at it from the outside. We always ask the back seat passengers if they need more room, and they always say they have plenty. I didn't believe them until I gave up the driver's seat and rode back there: there actually IS leg room for the back passengers!
The other great thing, in my opinion, is the gas mileage. We've got about as much space inside as a Hummer (a little less head room), but even with the car loaded down for a car camping trip, with the A/C running full blast, we get 28-32 mpg.
The only reason I would buy a car other than a Subaru is if I regularly needed space for more than 4 people in the car (it does have 3 seats in the back, but it gets a little cramped if there are 3 adult passengers back there, and it would definitely get crowded with multiple carseats)."
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