Came to this vehicle from 2003 base forester. 2009 forester felt too minivan and flimsy. Outback is a solid feeling vehicle, handles very well, is quiet and relaxing on the road. Exterior of 2009 model has a sharp mature look. HK stereo is a plus. Gas mileage OK... poor in city, good on freeway. Package of good high end options. At the price I paid other cars feel like plastic in comparison. If this vehicle were one foot shorter it would be fun to drive and also be a much better urban vehicle.
Velvety ride and handling. Not an SUV so corners wonderfully. Quietness and HK sound system. Nice package of handy features.
Legacy designers talk to the Impreza crew. Should have hill holder. Wheel wells too narrow for snow. Poor OEM tires for snow and ice. Driver controls hard to find without staring (dangerous). Display gauge... put temp, time, avg MPG on same window. One foot shorter would be a better urban vehicle.