Subaru has dominated rally racing for decades and it shows. Their full-time symmetrical VTD AWD system, and their electronic stability control are STILL vastly superior to the nearly useless "slip and HOPE to grip" modified FWD systems found on the pretenders. We drove EVERY AWD NHTSA top safety pick vehicle under $40K. I forced my wife to try emergency steering maneuvers at 65 mph. The Hyundai santa Fe, and Honda Pilot were scary ,even the Acura RDX could not match the Outback's "go where you point it" highway stability. Having now driven the Outback on a lot of snowy, icy it has dramatically exceeded my already high expectations.
No longer worrying when my wife commutes in bad weather! Best traction and emergency handling on the market, crash rating second to none. The 6 cylinder engine with SI-Drive is surpisingly quick, smooth and fun to drive and puts the car in a completely different league than the base 4 cylinder
6 cyl is thirsty compared to the 4 cyl, but still worth it. Frustrating lack of decent storage spaces by front seats. Needs driver memory for mirrors and seats. Seat should warm back of seat, not just bottom, and should warm the seats without having to sit on them when using remote starter.