I had considered the '09 Outback and Honda FIT before i eventually came upon the ET SE A/T. The legroom for the backseat is amazing, and the cargo room is unmatched when the seats are folded down. As far as safety features go, the ET is top-notch. It was airbags all around, ABS, ESC, and maximum braking when the pedal is suddenly depressed. The Honda FIT is roughly the same price, and doesn't come with ESC. This car has more passenger room than some of the compact and midsized SUVs on the market. The suspension is spring quite hard, so you can feel every imperfection on the road.
I love the layout of the information on the radio display. All the information is right there, and you don't have to scroll or press next to get the rest of it. The instrument cluster is clean and efficient, and the blue back light is definitely a crowd pleaser.
Leather should have been an option on the '10 model. The interior is very easy to scuff. The car could definitely use a few more horsepower, and the transmission should be a 5 or 6 speed.