I have long been a Subaru lover, and my latest purchase only solidifies that even more! I LOVE this 2006 Outback Sedan. I've always owned the wagons, so this sedan is a new style for me (I'm not used to having a trunk!), but the quality I've come to expect in Subaru is very evident as always! I love the design, the interior, the comfort, the extra features, and just the quality of the vehicle in general. Plus, I know that I drive a safe automobile and feel at greater ease with all the airbags and safety features! The handling is great, the engine size and style makes it a zippy little car, and I just completely enjoy the driving experience. The ONE thing I would change is the color (silver is not my favorite) but that's a small thing to live with in an otherwise absolutely PERFECT car! If you've never owned a Subaru, you really should consider it!
I am currently driving my second Subaru Outback. I plan to always drive Subarus. The Outback has plenty of space to store my things for camping and general schelping. It's not too big to maneuver in Los Angeles traffic and ridiculously small parking spaces. I have played hard with my car in the Mojave Desert and Rocky Mountains where the extra clearance came in handy. Everything works great, with one exception. The stereo system in the 2006 Outback is not adaptable to add an MP3 jack. Other year models are. I have the rubber floor mats, which keep the grit out of the bottom of my car.
This is my second Outback. For living in the mountains and dealing with snow and ice, I have found the Outback to suit my needs provided I get a set of quality tires that will aggressively tackle the winter demands. My only complaints/wishes/suggestions 1) tighten up the steering for mountain roads. 2) Better gas mileage 3) Looks, I miss the 2-tone of the old models. I had a 1997 before and it looked classic. Other than that - good choice.