I bought my Forester in college, and have put nearly 100,000 miles on it with few problems. Only recently (at 130,000 miles) have I had to have any major work done: new clutch and tranny. The AWD system works great in snow, lots of cargo room in back, and good clearance for offroad. It also rides more like a car as opposed to the Honda SUV's.
Tons of headroom in the front seats, good for people over 6' tall. Good traction in rain & snow, handles lots of cargo. Rear wiper is very handy.
Could definitely use more legroom in the back seats. Only one cupholder on the dashboard and it blocks the climate controls.