Finally! We picked up our new car last Friday!!
Isn't it cute?!
After a couple more test drives, more research, and dealer haggling, we ended up with the new 2009 Subaru Forester. We love the re-design that Subaru did on the Foresters! We were fortunate to be able the get the "premium" package on the car, but in true Subaru form the only differences between the base model and this model are bells-and-whistles - all safety and driveability features are the same across all models. But, I do have to say that I love the sunroof, radio controls on the steering wheel, reclining back seat, and the tinted back windows (which will be great for baby!).
Gas mileage isn't as great as the other cars we were looking at, but it's suppose to average around 25mpg once we get the engine broken in. In my research, I read of some drivers getting as good as 30mpg. Plus, the Subaru plant is a zero landfill plant, and the car is PZEV. Definitely keeping our carbon foot print in mind!