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...)
Overall, happy with the car which meets 90% of our needs. Economical for size, comfortable, versitle, well designed ergonomic interior. Navigation, audio, voice activation very unintuitive and poor overall user interface. Nav accuracy and options better on our $100 Garmin. All-wheel drive system good on highways, such as slippery roads. However, ours got stuck in 5 inches of snow and did not transfer power from the 'wheels that slip to the wheels that grip'. Could not get passenger side wheels which had traction to engage. We knew that this would not replace our 4-wheel drive vehicle, but expected better.
Ride, comfort, versatility. Creative design on roof rack cross bars. Fuel economy good at 23 combined MPG
Put more effort into integrating the electronics and improving the user interface. Allow use of Nav while vehicle is moving - passenger can safely operate, so perhaps tie it into the pass air bag sensor. Reign in the marketing people on the all wheel drive system. It's no better than any other.
I HATE this car and even special ordered it. Constant issues with brake pedal make a clunking noise after your foot comes off. Now I am told "they all do that". $30,000 cars do not just "do that". One tire had a problem and would not steer right, pulled me off the road and I about lost it. Took the dealership a 40 mile test drive to finally discover it. I think it was a joy ride. The cloth interior is cheap. The carpet is cheap. The motor is severely underpowered. Feels like a chug mobile while getting on the interstate. Please someone take this off my hands. Will make you a good deal. What a $30,000 mistake.
More power, better interior finish, better quality in OEM items, better sound system. Get RID of the mpg gauge what is that for? Make the entire dash red or blue, not both. Only need 1 door open indicator, not 2.
Last week I came upon a brand new Jeep stuck in a four ft. snowdrift. The owner (a 20 something male) was testing his new car in the snow. I drove into the snow drift next to him, rolled down the window and offered to call the tow guy. Sheepishly he told me his dad was coming. Put my Subaru into reverse and drove away. This weekend was in Tucson parked at a resort surrounded by 100's of Lexus (the official car of golf resorts) I watched as several people passed by and looked at our car, puzzled as to the new look. My biggest fear was to get run over by an out of control Lexus. In summary, Subaru - rough and wild in the woods and civilized and classy when needed.
Everything: heavy luxurious doors, location of all the new buttons, parking brake/button, spacious seat with various fine tuning buttons and lumbar support, seat warmer