We went shopping for for a car for my girlfriend on Sept 5th...my birthday...great present for me - hehe.. Anyways, we were looking at the usual suspects, CRV, RAV4, X3 BMW, Escape, maybe the Edge, Equinox. Basically a small to mid sized SUV. She drove the Subaru and LOVED it, that combined with 2 past Subarus her parents had owned and her mom having a CRV (this was the front runner, but she had driven it A TON so knew what she liked and didn't.) She fell in love with the Subaru, just a great, practical, safe, fun car. GREAT JOB!! We worked a good deal and couldn't say no.
AWD, PZEV, great visibility all around, almost no blind spots, great fuel efficiency, all around a very good value for a great vehicle.
We really wanted heated seats and leather and that was pretty much it, but they are not even available until you get to the Limited...more options on the lower end. Choice of black leather in all vehicles...black leather definitely wears the best but we had to get Platinum.