This is our 2nd Subaru and we couldn't be happier. Our first was a 2003 Forester, which is still running strong and soon to become the kids car. You just can't beat Subaru when it comes to safety and dealing with snow, rain, or ice. Oh yeah almost forgot they are also fun to drive. People at work are almost always surprised to hear that our Tribeca is a Subaru. The exterior is as nice and the interior nicer then the couple Acura MDXs I park beside everyday at work. The best part thanks to the price we can still afford to take ours on a road trip when we feel like it. We are just starting to look for my wife a new car and the 2009 Forester is looking like the front runner.
Size, handling, AWD. It has the power to head into the mountains packed with a family of five and all of our gear.
A little more front seat storage would be nice. A larger fuel tank and a couple more miles to the gallon. We are currently averaging 18.6 in the city and 24 on the hwy.