I never imagined a car would burn oil out of the gate. Plus, after the lawsuit I thought this issue had been resolved. What kind of company loses a lawsuit AND keeps selling the same defective product?
Actually, most new cars should burn more oil out of the gate than after, say, 5,000 miles. Whether the car is made in Japan or USA, the same rules of an engine breaking in apply.
Automobiles are complicated and many car makers have problems - particularly when they introduce a new engine or major component. I don't think Subaru's record in this area is too shabby. If you really, really, really want near-zero issues, buy a Toyota.
If you use forum chatter to establish what is the 'norm' for a Subaru, you're likely to have a strange perspective. How many owners write in to the forum to say "my Subaru doesn't use oil" or "my '03-05 X Forester hasn't blown a head gasket'.
If you're trying to get a more accurate picture of customer quality satisfaction with the make or a specific model year, try something like Consumer Reports
magazine. The last time I looked (several years ago), Subarus got very high quality marks. . . except for turbo Subarus, which were all dogs. This just goes to show how little the CR folks know ;-)