After my 2000 Forester my outback seems huge. It is a giant step forward in comfort. The CVT tranny is extremely smooth. As I have only had the car for two days I can't comment on the fuel economy yet. If it is as advertised I will be happy. I agree with the Edmund's test drive that the steering is a little "numb" compared to the Forester but overall I'm extremely satisfied so far. My wife loves the smooth, comfortable ride. I will write a follow up after I've had it a while.