My wife and I used to hate Outbacks. (We have driven in one on several occasions for approximately 400 miles on at least 5 occasions). In fact, we refused to test drive this one for a while until I convinced her to give it a try. Instead, we were looking at the 2010 Passat Wagon and liked how that one handled and felt the engine had enough power. I also disagree with Edmunds; the ride is not "doughy" at all. I have never been in a wagon at this price point that has performed this well on the road. The V6 is quite zippy and I routinely dodge around "sportier" vehicles downtown with just myself in tow. The interior is much improved over the last generation and is far more comfortable.
1) Great value for price point 2) zippy V6 3) excellent handling and agility 4) good torque at mid-speed 5) more usable back area compared to prior generations (can fit 150 pounds of dog more comfortably now) 6) good amount of interior space for both storage and head space 7) power- assisted brakes
1) MPG gauge is useless 2) HVAC vents in back area 3) better low-speed torque (it's awesome above 20 mph)