I owned a first generation '96 Outback and had a bunch of problems. This is not that car. This car rides much better and is far more upscale. I replaced our '98 Volvo and could not be happier. This provides the versatility and safety I had with a Volvo at a much better price and much sportier package. It is a rocket off the line (be sure to go with the turbo if you want performance). It also rides like a regular car but with enough clearance that we can comfortably go into the mountains and tackle 4-6" of new powder on the back roads. If you need a wagon, but don't want to give up performance, go with this vehicle.
Leather seating is great. Massive sunroof is a kick for the kids. 6 CD changer is a nice feature. Storage and capacity are above average. Climate control is very good. 2.5 turbo is exceptional. Ride is very comfortable.
Cupholders in the back seat are poor location. I anticipate my two kids will likely break them within 1-2 years. Should have rear seat ventilation system.