I bought a New 2017 Outback from Rot Box and have had zero problems except for learning all the electronic gadgets we got on it. Have only been on dirt roads and a couple of trips to St George in 17,000 miles average of 25.1 mpg, oil changes, and tire rotations. Probably the best car I have ever owned especially with all the safety stuff and touch screen. I used to race sports cars and off-road and the handling is very predictable and love the breaks in a hard corner. Almost forgot, I wonder why they use the Turbo 4 in the Ascent instead of the 6?It first appeared on a select model Outback (read: top of the line) way back in 2002 or so, though it didn't expand to the full lineup until six or seven years later. I know it became standard across the entire brand for 2009, but I think it wasn't standard on every model of Outback before then.
Even just the front-to-rear AWD power delivery of the Subaru outclasses just about all their competitors. Most other brands utilize setups which cannot send torque to the rear once significant resistance is encountered, such as weight transfer when climbing a hill:
(This is an excerpt from a training video)
Now mix in the added capability of ESC, and most people are astonished at what a Subaru can do in challenging conditions.
(Sorry for the dopey music--I didn't make this video)