This was my first Subaru. We got this vehicle because of ist outstanding safety ratings. Only 6k miles so far it's been all good. The front end (exterior) is different, but it grows on you quickly. The interior is just great. Rear seats are on sliders like front seats, it makes for plenty of room even taller people. The AWD and vehicle stability control features make it sure footed in the northern winters. I'd recommend this vehicle to anyone.
Safety, all wheel drive, interior.
More powerful engine, I think they are addressing this in 2008. Only 300 miles per tank full around town, could use a larger fuel tank.