This is our 3rd Subaru. We've owned a 04 WRX and a 06 STI. The wife was looking for a SUV in the 25k range and happened across the Outback. I didn't put up a fight. Test drove the only one on the lot, and fell in love.
Versatility, Exterior design, Great ride, Excellent mileage, reliability should be great, CVT is neat but takes some getting used to.
Work on isolating the steering wheel from what the front differential is doing. I know why it feels that way, but most will think it's a defect.