That should be XS Premium, not XS Special Anyone have experience with these vehicles? I'm looking at the '02 Cr-v and the '03 Forrester (the latest models). It will be used for urban commuting and kiddie chauffering. Off-roading and high performance are not high on the priority list, although I would like to cruise at 75-80 mph on long trips. My main decision points are very non-sexy (reliability, safety, utility, comfort). I'm looking at automatic transmission. The main differences between the two: Pro-Honda: The rear seat is elevated thus giving significantly more rear leg room. Of course, this is mainly important for the comfort of my passengers, not me. This deep rear seat footwell also allows the back to seat to tumble forward as well as fold down so that it offers more cargo space. MSRP is $2500 cheaper. Pro-Subaru: It surprised me to find that this has more luxurious trim level available. It has automatic climate control and heated front seats, two features I've grown to love on my current car. If these two features were available on the CR-V, I don't think I would be starting this thread. Safety wise, the '01 Honda scored 5 out of 5 stars across the board on the nhtsa.gov test (full frontal impact). On the iihs.org test (front offset impact), it scored Marginal on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, Poor. The '02 Subaru scored all 4 stars, except one 5 star on NHTSA and Good on IIHS. The '02 Honda and '03 Subaru are slight redesigns, but the changes are significant enough that the testing organizations say the prior crash tests aren't applicable to the new models. Any discussion would be appreciated, particularly with respect to ergonomics. Thanks.