I got this car during my second winter in the Northwest. Was driving a FWD Lexus RX 330 and a RWD Ford Explorer. Worlds different! I felt very unsteady with the Explorer, better with the Lexus. I haven't had any problems at all with the Subaru with regards to traction, control in the snow, etc. It works well for what I got it for. On snow days, I've taken it with no problems up and down hills which had given the other cars trouble.
The AWD is amazing, and very confidence-inspiring. Radio sounds decent for the price. Build feels solid. I like the extendable sunvisors. Dash/steering wheel controls are very easy and intuitive. I'm 5'9", 175lbs and the cabin is not too tight for me.
The non-turbo 4cylinder feels a bit underpowered, but adequate for daily commute. Gas mileage could be better but I'm getting 21-24 mpg average (60% fwy). Cupholders are in the center console and a bit out of the way. Door windows should have a metal frame surrounding. Rear seats kinda small.
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