We purchased this Outback to replace our 2000 Outback (75K miles) which we really liked and are giving to our son who is off to college. Prior to that, we owned two Legacy wagons, so we are a Subaru family. Compared to the 2000 Outback, this one is a bit less "sleek" and stylish (this one looks a bit more like an SUV and less like a wagon)and the rear cargo space is 3 inches shorter from the back of the rear seats to the tailgate. The space for passengers, on the other hand, seems better over all. The gas mileage seems about the same, the ride is a bit smoother, but the handling is a bit less "nimble". So far, we like it!
We like the mirror with the backup camera, homelink and compass. The radio controls in the steering wheel seem convenient. The fold-in mirrors and retractable roof rack are nice too. I also like the iPod adapter ...
I think they shortened the rear cargo space a bit too much to make more leg room for rear passengers. The front headlights look a bit strange compared to our previous Outback. Finally, and most importantly, it is time to do something about the gas mileage (hybrid or diesel)! (about 23 mpg ave)