My 3rd Subaru, 1st Forester. Did the research..again.. and still cant find a reasonably priced vehicle that can beat Subaru for quality and AWD. Considered CR-V, RAV4, Element & Rogue, none compare to Subaru AWD system. Purchased for 140 mi round trip commuting from far northern burbs to NYC. Drove in the recent 2010 storm known as the "snowicane" on some stretches of 10" unplowed snow highway and back roads and it almost felt like I was on a dry track. Put many 4wd trucks that were in ditches to shame. Even climbed an unplowed steep hill that a Nissan Rogue had to retreat from. Currently have 5500 miles. 28 MPG hwy @ 70 - 80 MPH, 25 MPG overall in mixed town/hwy.
Proven AWD system handles snow, rain and ice flawlessly, safety, stylish yet rugged looks, huge moon roof, Yoko Geolandar 95 tires very good, best reasonably priced AWD vehicle available for commuting through any weather conditions with confidence
Base radio bad, top of rear bumper scratches easily (need rear bumper cover), passenger seat too low,entire center console needs to be redesigned (seems flimsy, SQUARE cup holders? gear shifter looks/feels cheap) carpet possibly not durable (time will tell), moon roof cover feels flimsy/cheap