I have a 2010 Forester XT. Prior to that I owned 3 Subaru Legacy Wagons (2 of which were Outbacks), and 2 GL wagons.
One of the GL's ran great at 300,000+ miles until some indiot rear-ended it, the other just got retired at 275,000 after a hard, hard, neglected life.
Every time I look for a car, I keep trying to find reasons not to buy Subaru's, but I can never find a better deal. They are very reliable cars (equivalent to Honda/Toyota in my opinion), but sell for MUCH less, both new and used.
When it came time to buy another car back in 2010, I had decided that my next car would be a turbo model, because of the Wheeze factor going up mountain passes. I tow both a 1800 lb jet ski trailer and a 2200 lb camp trailer, and the N/a 2.5's would do it, but they woulnd't like hauling that rig over Monarch, Hoosier, Eisenhower, etc.
When looking for a turbo subie, I found a few things.
1. People want ridiculous amounts of money for their used turbo Subaru's. I found many dealers and private parties still wanting $20,000+ for their five year old Outback XT's. Plus, you don't really know how well the previous owner maintained it- going long on oil changes, or using crap oil, or several other things can spell an early death for a turbocharger.
2. Subaru seems to be tired of doing warranty repairs on their manual transmission turbo models, and turbo models in general. They no longer offer a turbo Outback, and the Forester XT is manual only. To get a manual turbo subaru, you are stuck with a Legacy GT sedan, WRX, or STI, all of which don't give you a lot of cargo.
That said, I love my Forester. The only real change in performance from running around in denver vs. running around on top of Mount Evans at 14,000 feet is that the turbo takes longer to spool. It hauls very well.
There are downsides to it though:
1. I used to get about 30 mpg highway in my manual transmission 2.5L non-turbo outbacks. I get about 25 mpg highway with the XT. Driving to ski areas, I usually get 22 ish mpg round trip because of all the climbing.
2. Premium is REQUIRED. You cannot run an XT on the cheap gas, which hits you in the pocketbook as well.
3. The newer (2006ish+) turbo Subaru's run a very aggressive lean fuel tune. It used to normal that at full throttle, they would run 12:1 (rich) ratios to provide detonation resistance, but for emissions purposes, they now run 14.7:1 through most of the full throttle map. This means that basically any aftermarket part that increases airflow, inclduing stuff as mundane as an aftermarket filter, can lean out the fuel tune enough to melt a piston. Basically, the ECU needs to be retuned for most modifications.
These are great cars. I have 40,000 miles on mine, the only problem was the radio display went out and was replaced.
One final thing. Heuberger Subaru in Colorado Springs is the best place on the planet to buy a new Subaru. They are the highest volume Subaru dealer in the country, simply because they blow them out at an unbelievably low price. I bought mine from them at a price that Edmunds said was about $6,000 below their "fair dealer price," and my sister did the same. Both times, the deal as quoted at the beginning, (which several other dealers said "they are lying to you, it is impossible for them to sell it for that price") was exactly the deal they sold the car for- no bumps, surprise fees, etc. In my case, when they didn't have a car on the lot that I wanted, they traded another dealer for it and STILL honored the ridiculously low price.
If you are looking for a new Subaru, ask for a quote from their internet department. It will blow your mind. My sister flew from Georgia to Colorado to drive hers back, because even after factoring in the plane ticket and driving it back, it was still saving her thousands. The dealers in Georgia, even when provided the documentation of the offer, and told they didn't need to match, but just get within the few thousand $$$ it would take for her to drive the car home from Colorado, STILL wouldn't do the deal.