My wife has had a Crosstrek for about 4 months and has clocked 8,000 miles. Great car, far more fun to drive compared to the 2011 Outback we traded in on it. Big power difference, but tolerable even here in the Appalachians. With the five speed we average 27 mpg with a mix of country road and interstate travel that includes an elevation gain/loss of 1500' during our daily commute. Handles great and doesn't feel like I am in a 68 Cadillac re the newer Outbacks. I recommend it.