Like everyone, I test drove the others CRV, RAV4, but decided on the Forester ultimately for it's AWD and safety reputation. I've driven it for 3 months now and it definitely has been an overall positive experience. It feels great when driving in wet/snowy conditions...this alone makes it worth the purchase. Yes, there is a rattle in the back that my dealership is working on and the radio could be a bit more powerful...but other than that I'm quite satisfied. I get 24 mpg mixed city/highway, which I'm happy with. Hopefully I'll be one those loyal Subie fans.
Heated seats, AWD, simple control panels, smooth ride and handling.
Rattling in the rear, better sound system, power-seats on passenger side, mileage count-down for gas, "Limited" logo.