I got the bug to drive one so my local dealer was nice enough to give me a XT touring to drive. The seats are interesting, you sit up very high in the front and in the back. The leather touring seats are nice but a little on the hard side and you sit on them, not in them. The real gem is the new 2.0 DIT. Plenty of smooth power especially in SI sharp mode. Every model should offer this engine and I would not consider a new Forester unless it was a XT. Handling was good if not a little on the lite side from the EPS. The ride was a little stiff but not excessive. Road noise is better than the 13 Forester but it's no Outback. Overall its a good remake but this car at 35k is tough to swallow. A discounted XT premium for 26k and change would be the real deal. If the 15 Outback offers this engine with a little more HP and TQ it is going to be flying off the lots. Fuel economy ratings are impressive for the Turbo but this is a engine I would keep my foot in so if I was really concerned with MPG the 2.5 would be my choice.