Although we live in TX, we're sort of partial to subaru as we owned an 05 2.5i base model. It did see snow during Thanksgiving of 2008 when we took a family road trip up to Utah; put 3k+ miles on her with all five of us and full trunk. Very fine highway cruiser and we were pleased to see so many subarus when we drove through Colorado. Also did another family road trip summer of 08 all the way to east coast for another 3k+ miles (including day trips). Car was very reliable and we did the routine maintenance ourselves. Was approaching 107k miles when our dear son had a single vehicle accident with it, so it was totaled out. We're fixin' now to buy the 2013 model; since you expressed concern about size, here is the dimensions for this car (from cars101.coM) Wheelbase: 108.3" Overall Length 187.2" (2012 was 186.4") Width: 71.7" including outside mirrors folded-in, with outside mirrors out 81", Height: 59.3" Headroom front/rear no moonroof: 40.3"/37.5" Headroom front/rear with moonroof: 38.1/37.5" Legroom front/rear: 43.0"/37.8" Shoulder room front/rear 56.3/56.1 EPA Interior volume, no moonroof 103cf EPA Interior volume, with moonroof 100cf EPA Trunk Cargo volume 14.7cf Ground Clearance: 5.9" Track 2.5i: front/rear 61.6/62.0" Track 2.5i Sport 61/61.2 Track 3.6R: front/rear 61.6/62.0" .....PS>Interior is noticably bigger/roomier than our 05 model, this change began with the 2010 models......Just my two bits
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