I took my brand new Outback from Virginia to Colorado a few weeks ago, a true "road test." After almost 4,000 miles, and absolutely no issues, I would recommend this car to anyone. If the upgrades are within your budget, definitely spring for the limited package. Leather, sunroof, power seats, heated mirrors, windows and seats, auto climate control, all standard (with the limited). Unfortunately the luxury comes with quite a steep increase in price (~5,000) over the base. All in all, great car and quite a steal for the price.
AWD, Stability Control, Hill Control, Electronic Break, Puddle lights, cargo protector, lighting panel... and so on. It's a beautiful car.
A coin holder and rear vents are the only obvious improvements I can speak for.