A little backstory, I was originally looking at a used Audi or Chevy Tahoe, I then ran the numbers and found a base Forester wasn't too much more.
So I went in to test drive the Forester (with auto and alloy wheels), I thought it was ok. Then I tested the Outback back to back, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
The Outback is smooth, refined, quick and big.
Even though it is a 4 CYL it is not underpowered. In Wyoming (7200 ft) I can do 80mph at 2100 RPM.
The audio system is great, I love the iPod capability, and I have the All Weather Package which I would strongly recommend. I love this vehicle and the CVT is great, it is very smooth.
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
All Weather Package
Clever Roof Rails
Maybe a Turbo for the 2.5i, it isn't underpowered, but overkill is underrated.