Considering purchasing first Outback
I’m trying to decide between purchasing a used Forester or Outback but am leaning towards the latter. I will put 6,000-7,000 miles a year on this vehicle, with about 1/4 of those being off-road, driving around pastures in Texas (no mountains, etc.). Initially, I thought that I would buy a truck but don’t really need the hauling capabilities and, of course, no truck rides nearly as well as a Subaru. To me, the Forester and Outback drive equally well but my research indicates that the Outback has better air-conditioning which, in Texas, is important. While it would be nice to have such safety features as a back-up camera, that's not essential, and I don't care about things like leather seats, etc. If possible, I would like a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles and not spend more than $20,000. Would it be advisable to lower the maximum acceptable mileage to, say, 80,000? Of course, I know that there's a tradeoff between mileage and price. Do any model years for Outback stand out as especially good or bad between, say, 2010-2018? For instance, I've seen one discussion indicating that pre-2016 Foresters may tend to burn oil so I'm curious if anyone would put up a similar "red flag" for any Outback models? I would greatly appreciate thoughts regarding this question from anyone on this board. Thanks very much.