I would give five stars to the vehicle. Some call it a car, some call it an SUV (Subaru themselves) and some call it a cross-over. Whatever it is referred to as, it an awesome car. It’s AWD is phenomenal and is the standard against which other AWDs are compared with. It has headroom much like a truck. The rear seating is spacious and can seat three adults comfortably. The off-roading capabilities are legendary for a passenger vehicle and safety features are class and industry leading. After driving 12k miles in less than 9 months, I think it is the best car purchase we have made without blinking an eye for the money spent. It does have some minor negatives.
- The accelerator pedal is too close to the wall of the foot well. This means on longer journeys i.e., greater than 2 hours, I can’t really position my heel a bit to either side. I cannot position to the right and if I do to the left, then my control of the gas pedal becomes awkward
- The GPS system is a bit whacky and interface is counter-intuitive. It takes more clicks than say Google maps to do what you want. And the route somehow has a tendency to ‘stick’ to the original even if you purposely take a different route. That is instead of recalculating the route, the GPS keeps insisting on going back to the original route. This has happened a few times to me. And compared to Google maps, the route sometimes veers off the ‘main’ roads.
- The temperate control needs work. I need to turn the temperature way down to low 60s for the system to start blowing cooler air, else I can feel hot air blowing in. I think the system overcompensates at first based off the difference in temperature between the inside and outside.
- The low tire pressure indicator, I found, is a bit over-sensitive. After filling up air, I would see the low tire pressure indicator with 24-48 hours. The dealer said it was because of the freezing temperatures outside. Thinking about it, our other cars did not have such a monitoring system and probably we never knew we were low on tire pressure until visibly noticeable.