This is my second Subaru (first being a 1986 Brat). Have put over 50,000 on it in three years, have had absolutely no problems. This car has been through winter snow, off road in the high desert, city traffic, and has never failed to perform. It's not the flashiest car out there, nor the fastest, nor the one pulling the biggest load, but it will get you from point A to point B with minimum worry.
Handling on rough terrain is better than what you would expect from a car (does REALLY well on dried lake beds!). Having a slapstick comes in handy when passing, is just plain fun on winding roads.