If you are in the market for an AWD vehicle do yourself a favor and look no further. I spent a LOT of time, looked at the likes of the CRV, RAV4, 4Runner, Audi, Infinity and FX35. Bang for the buck the Outback is the best deal in town. I have the L.L.Bean with the 6 cyl. engine and all options, heated, leather, etc. What you get is a vastly superior AWD technology compared to most competitors, good MPG, and a solidly built car that can take your family anywhere for about $28k.
Heavy-duty suspension. 8.5" ground clearance. AWD system that is really all wheel drive, all the time! H6 aluminum boxer engine with a timing chain (not belt) good for 245 HP and 26 MPG.
A little more room in the back. More horsepower and 30 MPG if possible.