I own 2 Subarus. My #1 concern was RELIABILITY. I have 139,645 miles on this vehicle and not once has it left me stranded. I umpire college softball so it is important that I be there ON TIME. My Subaru operates the way I do, aggressive, no let up, always there on time. I love to drive this car ... especially during inclement weather. I have kept track of EVERY penny associated with the ownership of this vehicle. We are currently operating at just under 26 cents per mile.
Driving experience ... fun to drive, good weather (corners GREAT, good gitty up) and especially bad.
Seats are not the most comfortable. I have had some problems with the O2 sensors. Fuel mileage is 25.1 mpg (year round), 30 mpg on trips.