I loved this car immediately for the feeling of being equal and "up there" with the big SUVs. It has the small car handling with the bigger car space. The gas mileage is adequate. I feel good in this car.
The seats are great. The visibility is great. Getting in and out is easy for my husband with a disability. The cargo area is great for a walker or for carrying my plants. I feel very safe in my car, which has great crash test results.
The cup holders and front compartments were better in my 2002 Forester. If it were more aerodynamic, it would get better mileage. The road noise factor is pretty high. The turning radius is pretty big. A rear door remote with be great for those of us with our hands full.