Bigger, plusher, more leg room, and more
slylish than previous Subarus. Re-styled
(esp. the back end, which is less gaudy) and
a bigger, more plush cabin. Quiet, smooth
ride. 8.4 ground clearance. Base model
loaded with goodies: heated front seats/
windshield/mirrors, power driver's seat, 6-
speaker stereo w/CD, cruise, 4 side curtain
airbags, titanium/wood trim, plush
upholstery/mats, trip computer, rear spoiler,
etc. I've test driven everything recently
(Toyotas, Hondas, Saturns, etc., all sizes/
shapes), did my homework, used a
spreadsheet, and still each came up short.
The test drive blew me away...this is
NOT my father's Buick!
New styling, especially the back, and
the interior is much more luxurious than in
the past (classy wood-grain
trim, sleek titanium console, very nice/comfy
upholstery). Lots of standard items that used
to be optional (aka, costly) equipment . The
price is a steal for all the amenities.
Gray plastic body cladding seams cheap,
but time and freeway rocks will tell. HP could
use a boost, but overall it's peppy (check out
the turbo or the 3.0L versions for more
power...BTW: turbo requires premium gas!)
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