OH BOY! A SUBARU QUESTION!
My very first car was a 1991 Subaru Legacy L station wagon. I bought it in 1999. To this day I have never had a car so rugged or fun to drive.
The engine that Subaru uses is a "boxer" type horizontally opposed engine. That means that the pistons fire to the sides from the center of the engine block, creating better engine response and improved horsepower. Porsche is the only other automaker that uses this technology that I know of.
Most (maybe all) Subaru cars have front and back McPherson struts. This is good.
Another very nice thing is the gearbox on a manual transmission subaru. They use racing gear ratios.
Of course, all Subaru cars have AWD. This is most noticeable when driving on a slippery surface. It causes the car to maneuver more predictably. I would drive my car very fast on dirt trails, often losing grip of the road. But I always knew how my car was going to behave in a crunch! I found the best thing to do when in that situation was to let off the wheel just a tad, slap it in third gear, and punch it.
As I mentioned I used mine off-road a lot. Many times I found myself in the company of 4X4 owners who wondered how I drove my car up the same trail they did. The ground clearance for my Subaru was about the same as a Ford Explorer.
My Subaru (4 cyl stock) would push 140 mph. They have an excellent 'feel' and response. Now comes the bad part.
All of that heavy driving caused some parts to wear out! The Subaru I was explaining had (probably still runs) over 220,000 miles on it. The engine started on the first crank, even if it was -20 degrees outside. It was quiet and fast, even as old as it was. But it leaked oil, I would have to put about a quart in it between oil changes.
The water cooler went out, causing the engine to overheat in a major way. The mechanic told me my engine was shot, the next day when the cooler was replaced it started right up -first crank!
All 4 McPherson struts went out, but I blame that on myself
I had to buy a new crankshaft (case maybe? idk) because my transmission went out one day. I can't blame it, it survived both me and my brother learning to drive a stick.
I really believe that Subaru cars are made for shorter trips more than driving across the country. Everything about them is fun, and they are sooo predictable when you lose traction.
There are 2 things I know about my experience with my Subaru:
1. You can't kill that engine...it's possessed. Seriously. After driving like that every day, and 220,000+ it was definitely one of the strongest points of the car.
2. That was my baby.