I purchased this car new in 2001 and loved it from the moment I test drove it. Our family has owned Subarus since 1980, and this one is by far the most comfortable and is an absolute pleasure to drive. Before owning this car, I always felt Subarus were underpowered. The 3.0 litre engine in the LL Bean ended that complaint completely. It is so smooth you will be amazed you are driving a Subaru - very little engine noise and ample power. The car is very smooth and quiet. The seats are supportive although slightly stiff for very long trips. My only minor complaints are the flimsy 2nd cup holder and the awkward dual moonroof.
3.0L engine, heated seats, 4WD is awesome in the snow, lots of good accessories available, reliability - so far.
SUBARU - Please kill the dual moonroof on future models (only the rear glass slides back - the front glass just tilts up). The big, SINGLE, moonroof in the Forester is so much better.