Lets start out by saying I'm new to subarus .i have been a Nissan guy for years most recently an xterra. However with a commute that went from five miles to 68 each way it was time for a switch. That's when I saw the crosstrek was coming out. I hounded the SoCal dealers and was the first xv sold in SoCal on October 2 2012. Now I have 7k miles and am ready to try it on the dirt and snow . I made one camping trip so far to big sur park and of handled the curved roads well especially when using the paddle shifters .