My very first Subaru; with 7,000 miles at this point. Performs really well but a few issues came up: for oil change, I was told about the risk of aftermarket gasket that may leak at a dealer in Fort Collins where 2 gaskets were installed instead of one causing leakage (very frustrating); another issue is long start in the cold mornings, possibly needing resetting of computer (only happens in CO, so altitude may be the cause? - does not make total sense as this is fuel injection); back windows fog to frequently in cold. Average roughly 22-23mpg in city drive and 22-25 highway (I have roof racks on). Drives well on snow.
AWD, ground clearance, interior space - I'm 6.2 and I have plenty of head room, more so than in bigger (4x4) vehicles.
Needs thermostat. Agree with comments on fold-able mirrors and relocation of hazard. Sound could also be improved. More electronics and MP3 hookups on dash would be better. Automatic rear gate opener, bigger behind the seat storage bags.
We bought in late fall. Handles great, rides good. Can be tricky getting into reverse & other gears. Layout of controls is very well planned out & easy to adjust for all drivers. We live in the North East and this is the 2nd one we own. It handles the dirt roads in Massachusetts as well as it handles the highway.
Ease of use of climate controls/radio/seat adjustments. Road clearance is improved over previous years. Overall, very happy.
Extremely noisy original tires as you are driving w/windows down. The mud flap equipment could be of a better design.
This is my first Sub (always had Hondas) and I have been very happy. I was nervous to purchase the car given the history of Subaru's head gasket issues. With much research, it became clear that the issue has been addressed for new Subs. Plus, my dealership covers engine/tranny issues for the life of the car. Gas mileage greatly improved after 4000 miles, and with a little warmer weather. 26 mpg around town - 30+ on highway. Great car! I plan to hand it down to my 7 year old when he turns 16. If you are on the fence about purchasing, just do it. You will be happy you did.
Traded up from my 02 Outback Sport. Great room for the family including a 6ft tall son in the back. Love the 6 speed manual, especially with the short throw shifter installed. Average city/highway is ~24 mpg (about the same as my smaller outback sport). Very quiet and the lumbar support is great. Looking forward to the next 100,000 miles
This is my second Subaru. Had a Legacy wagon previously and loved it. The new 3.6R outback I bought is higher but more powerful. Love the paddle shift and handling. Highly recommended. The version I purchased has identical power seats on both sides (no height problems here).
AWD, 256hp, paddle shift, spacious cabin, cross bar storage in roof rack, handling (especially winter/icy roads), etc
Better fuel economy. Various other manufacturers are able to squeeze better mileage out of high HP engines... why can't Subaru? Especially considering this is a "new" engine (from the Tribeca...)