Much better than expected -- averaging about 28 mpg, which is awesome for a small SUV.
Very solid, very secure. Downside is the lack of side curtain airbags, which was addressed in the 2009 Forester.
Subaru is great for cold-weather climates and snowy roads -- I never worry about getting stuck anywhere.
It responds and goes where I want it to go. Tight steering, responsive wheel.