Newb from Lancaster, PA!
I messed up and my first post wasn't in the Newbie forum. :-[
My wife wanted a mom car that doesn't look like a mom car and I was in charge of finding her one. We had and really liked an Altima Hybrid, but with 9 batteries in the trunk we had little room for cargo. Bring a 1 year old and a puppy into the picture and that space got small very quick. A trip to the Poconos this summer sealed the deal. We needed something bigger. We were pretty much set on a Subaru from the beginning. We looked at the Forester and XV, but ultimately never test drove the Forester. What my wife thinks looks like a mom car and what I think does varies quite a bit, but she was hooked on the XV from the beginning. We were thinking tangerine orange, but we saw a dark grey metallic one night getting ice cream and she was set on that color. Dealer told us it would be 3-4 weeks until they got one in (we wanted a limited w/nav as we're both realtors) but it came in a week and half early. She loves the car so far, as well do I. I read a lot about the XV being underpowered, but we're used to the CVT from the hybrid. If you're easy on the pedal, the car will move. We've had no issues with merging or keeping up with traffic.
So far, I've added the cupeez, have interior LED's on the way and purchased a rhino rack. We scheduled the window tinting for early next month. Thanks to all on this forum who contributed mod ideas so far!