My wife and I just sold our 2003 Outback and bought a Crosstrek. We are a one car household and do a fair amount of sea kayaking. Our primary criteria for replacing the Outback were the ability to get >30" of crossbar spread without using door clips, a low roof height, AWD, and some extra ground clearance. Crosstrek, XC70, Forester, and a few others all would have worked, but we liked the low roof line of the Crosstrek and the relatively utilitarian interior that comes with the Popular Package 1 and 2. You can see from the picture below that with Yakima crossbars at their maximum spread on the roof rails I have some 32-33" or so, enough to get straps around either side of a keyhole cockpit on a sea kayak.
Came to a deal with a dealership on Monday, picked up the car Friday, and was using it to cart kayaks to the beach on Sunday.