Why the Subaru Forester?
Handling: Amazing handling, this car feels like it's bolted to the road at all times.
Reliability & durability: Bought it with 174k, runs like a new one. My mechanic said it will run to 300k without any issues. Just change the oil & timing belt (every 100k).
Brand reputation & image: I have numerous friends with Subarus, all of them have had amazing great reliability with few, if any problems.
Driving position & visibility: One great feature is this car really doesn't have a blind spot, very easy to see all around while driving.