This is my 2nd Forester and 3rd Subaru. I really love the control and ease of these cars. Deep snow doesn't bother them at all. I like that I don't have to push a button to use all wheel drive. My LL Bean is similar to my previous 2003 XS except it now has power seats. The new dual valve system has taught me to drive with a light foot, otherwise the mileage suffers. I also don't use my brakes as much because the engine slows the car down when you let up on the gas.
Climate control, 6 disc CD changer, vehicle reliabilty. I like that you can get as standard features a lot of items that are usually options on other cars. Safety features are a plus.
Mileage can always be improved. Lumbar support on the passenger side.