Had a 2010 Forester with the 2.5 4cyl and auto. Hated it. Test drove the Outback with the 3.6R 6cyl and 5 spd auto. Love it! Great power and the transmission is so smooth. Just wish I could shift gears from the gear selector and didn't have to use paddles.
I use this car for work. I do design and managing for a remodeling company. The cargo room is great for all of the samples I need to provide my customers. When I need to tow something I use a truck, though I theory I could tow 3000 lbs. I am not one to find out, when a diesel truck is at my disposal.
The AWD system is awesome! With Blizzack tires i purchased used off craigslist and its ground clearance it is very sure footed in Alaskan winters.
I have nearly 30,000 miles and other than oil changes and other Subaru recommended service zero issues. I am just not noticing that my brakes aren't as strong as they once were, will probably have the pads replaced next service interval.
I am a big guy. 5'10 and about 290 lbs. This car is very comfortable for me. I can reach the controls nicely, love the heated leather seats.