We rented this car in Oregon for a week and drove it over 700 miles. A lot of mountains and curves, muddy back roads. I found it to be a little too underpowered on hills, very "shifty". Liked the "Sport" mode in the auto tranny. Base engine doesn't hack it. Useless arm rest just like my '97 Outback.
AWD is nice, Sport mode on transmission. Numerous safety features.
Come on Subaru - make a car with an armrest. I'm an American I like my comfort!