I traded in my 2008 camry for a 2012 outback and I'm extremely happy with it.
The level of comfort and smooth ride matches the camry only it sits up a little higher.
I went through a broker so I didn't get my first choice in color but got a great deal.
For $22.8k you can't beat it.
The base stereo is satisfactory and it's not quite as quick as the camry but it's a lot of fun to drive and has AWD which comes in pretty handy in Colorado.
This is the best car I've owned.