This car is a lot of fun to drive, and if your drive normally pits you against the elements, it is especially worth considering. So far, I'm enjoying it a whole lot. Premium features incorporated in the Outback Sport are very worthwhile. VDC/TCS addition in an under $20,000 AWD car is impressive. Yes, I have a 2000 RS 2.5 that beats this car in handling, but that is not something that happened between model years. From my perspective, whatever compromises were made were worth it. You need to see it and drive it.
Performance, looks and premium features in an inexpensive car.
Some common features/accessories are unavailable or model dependent. Beyond anything else, Subaru needs to address fuel economy, even if it means redesign of the drivetrain