Researched this car for over a year and balanced it against the CRV, RAV 4 and Escape. Excellent visibility at all corners, fun to drive factor, AWD, vibration free 4cylinder engine and Subaru's reputation for quality won. Getting 24 to 24.5 mpg with 50/50 city/hiway mix.
AWD, smooth boxer engine, solid feel, safety features and quiet ride.
Boxer 6cylinder engine option as opposed to the turbo and a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission.