We're a couple with one toddler. We replaced our '97 Volvo 850 Wagon 131K with the Subaru wagon. Our criteria are: (long term over 100K miles) reliability, safety, affordability, fuel efficiency, economics, and aesthetics. We examined the Passat, Mazda 6, Volvo V50, Toyota Matrix, and Subaru Forester. The Passat failed on reliability not to mention costly maintenance in the long term. Mazda 6 did not satisfy our needs for driving in New England snow and ice. Volvo V50 would send our hard earn money to the bank, and failed on crash safety. The Matrix felt like toy car for young adults. My wife did not like the Forester 'cause it's an SUV, but I like it. So our final choice was the Legacy.
All Wheel Drive, decent fuel efficiency, space in the trunk to carry stuff, comfortable space for two adults and two kids, safety. Moon roof. Tiptronic shift. Well and pretty design. Decent performance (acceleration and cornering). 17" tires. Power Height Adjustable Driver seat. Sport panel.
1. Increase the leg room space for rear pass' from 33" to 40". 2. Have an outline of the maintenance schedule for the car in the manual. 3. Magazines holder in the front seats. 4. Radio control on steering wheel. 5. Illuminated letters on the auto shift gear. 6. Nice improvements since '04!