I've been driving a Corolla for years, but have known Outback for quite some time, as a good friend has one. He does a lot of road trips and loves his Outback. But since I don't do so many outdoor things, I had been more an observer. Then a colleague got an Outback, and we found it has great cargo space for its size. This made me paying more attention to this model. The deciding factor is probably the top safety rating -- once I saw that, I knew my next car would be an Outback!