Omaha and I had to buy a car by Christmas Eve. And on Christmas Eve, we found the one car we wanted. There wasn't much to choose from-- manuals are hard to come by, and even harder to find with all the modifications we wanted. So we went with what we could find.
After test driving a Forester and an Outback, we decided to get the Outback. It's black. We've named it "Darth." And it is a lot of car. Although the Forester is the Subaru "SUV" and the Outback is the wagon, the 2013 Outback is now bigger than the 2009 Forester-- it's longer, wider, heavier, although it is shorter than the Forester. It has all the modern bells and whistles... hill-holder, bluetooth radio, iPod adapter, that sort of thing. And it has the same crashworthiness as the old Forester, which is now a priority with me.
I've gotten used to it. My house is on a steep hill and every time I start my car there's a risk of rolling forward and crashing into the house. The hill-holder is great for this predicament, but it took some getting used to as it works completely differently (and much more cybernetically) than on the Forester. Now, it lets go automagically when I want to back up, as well as pull forward. Kinda cool.
Still, it's a lot of car. And I have a lot of kid to haul around. But in five years, who knows? Maybe I'll be in the market for a nice, little Cooper or something.