I think subaru is going a more mainstream direction. They are obviously making larger vehicles, and some like the quirky things they have always had, like compasses, and they used to have break away mirrors and a more distinctive look etc. In the longrun it will probably benefit the company as alot of newcomers will buy them but I'm sure in the process they will make alot of the old subaru faithful mad. I agree that it is crap they have not given the manuals a higher top gear ratio. I have heard other long time supporters very dissapointed in that as well.