My last 3 cars have been Lexus sedans, so I'm spoiled. But when it came time for a new car, I wanted more sane payments, and a car more suited to my new home where we get some snow and ice in the winter. I have to say I am thoroughly satisfied with my new 2013 Outback Limited. It's adequately comfortable, smooth, quiet, and solid, and has enough amenities so that I don't miss my Lexus (OK, I do, but not the payments or poor performance in snow). I got the 4, but get the 6 cylinder if you want the full luxury SUV feel.
AWD. Spacious cabin. Smooth, solid ride. Great value. The puddle lights will be appreciated in dark parking areas in Portland's wet winter weather.