I got the OB because we had a kid on the way. It was a great excuse to buy a new car when my wife showed the first signs of morning sickness. "Oh, my low rider makes you want to barf? Let's get an Outback! They seem cushy." I love the OB, but I've been wanting a Mini Cooper lately to fix up. Wont be happening any time real soon though.
I am but a kid myself. I bought the Outback simply because the price was right and I liked how it drove. If I hadn't happened to borrow this one from a friend when my car was broken down, I probably would have never bought it. I'd still be driving around in a 2 door sporty coupe of some sort. A marriage of convenience quickly turned into a love of everything about the car. Roominess, handling, comfort, reliability and the ability to go anywhere I want, anytime I want, while carrying whatever amount of cargo I want.
Growing up my family always had big RWD Fords and GMs.
I sold my '08 Legacy GT (Subaru #3) to get my wife the Outback when we found out she was pregnant. IMO it's the perfect family car. She loves driving it daily and comments often about how happy she is that we got it.
I finally found Subaru #5 and now have a MT Forester. The hatch is great and a perfect 2nd family car :29:
Got a dog then bought a impreza wagon. Had a boy then bought a legacy sedan. Dog went to heaven. Had another boy and bought an outback wagon. Just sold impreza. Will have another dog soon but new house is first on the list.