Just brought home the new baby. Traded in my 2007 Outback which had nothing wrong with it at all! I was seeking more room, as we travel a lot. We carry two kayaks across the country with us and these are the best vehicles. The new car is huge! I have more head room than I have every experienced before. The fit and finish is great, handling crisp, features are abundant. This is a lot of car for the money. My husband has a 2009 Forrester and loves it. We are truly a Subaru couple.
Interior room, cargo space, ground clearance, great HK stereo, interior lighting, long distance drive comfort and gas mileage.
I would like to know how you deal with the kayak-carrying on the roof of the Outback, with those new built-in crossrails, which would prevent me from using my Thule Outrigger and kayak carrier.....this seems to be a big weak spot on the new Outback, and is why I did not buy it.