I'm finally graduating college and can afford to buy a new vehicle to fit my outdoorsman personality. I like both the Forester and OB but don't know how to decide on one. I want the best MPG possible and durability, I will be driving a lot and want my vehicle to last me a long time. I know people say the OB has less road noise and is a smoother ride on long distance drives, but does it get better MPG or less wear because of these things or is it a just a comfort thing. Part of my job will include occasional long distance drives, and if the OB will handle these much better it will affect my opinion, but right now I like the looks of the forester more and hear it accelerates better and is more fun to drive because it is lighter. But as an outdoorsman I travel many not well maintained roads, I don't plan on serious off roading or rock climbing but want to be able to tackle most mountain and river access roads with confidence, will the OB handle them as well as the Forester? And one final note are there certain years or models to look for for manuals? I want to spend 5-7K on one and durability that will last a long time, like putting 100k plus miles on it. I am not interested in luxury interiors or bells and whistles at all but only quality performance. Sorry for the lengthy post all info and advise welcomed.