Subaru and Mitsubishi nicely bridged a gap for us, giving us a decently-performing car in a reasonable price range that can still haul 4 people and gear comfortably. It's a "kid's car" that's somewhat practical, and a lot of folks don't quite know what to think of it when a 44-year-old dude drives up in it. Sometimes it's a nice conversation starter. "What the heck is that thing? A wagon with a hood scoop on the front?"