I bought this car brand-new in September 2008 to replace my 2005 Impreza RS wagon. I love the looks of the new car versus the old - it was long due for a ground-up remodel and they (IMHO) got it right. Upgrading to the outback sport was a no-brainer considering what the package gives you; roof-rack, larger 17" alloy wheels, a far better stereo, 4 wheel disc brakes, upgraded suspension and the very slick VDC. Oh, and you get to say 'Outback' even though it's also an Impreza. :) So Subaru calls it a wagon. Why? It doesn't look or smell or taste like a wagon. With the seats up & even with a mild trip to the market, it can't even stuff like a wagon. Call it what it is. A great little 5 door!
Well thought out interior. Nice two-color paint schemes in this model. Keyless entry. Trunk release on the remote as well. Good stereo. Larger alloy rims are visually well designed. Rubberized pad on the bumper for the 5th door. VDC is amazing in the snow. Hood even stays open all by itself. :)
With the best financing incentives tied closely to in-stock vehicles Subaru should make both the subwoofer & the iPod accessory cable standard equipment. Find a way to get some more engine noise into the cabin - I miss that. Lastly, a one-touch up and down button for the driver window.