This is the PERFECT car for Alaska. Which is why- when you come up here- it will seem like at least 50% of the cars on the road are Subaru Outbacks. Its 4WD, and has incredible clearance. 17" wheels, yet handles like a sports car.
This is my 2nd Outback. I pride myself on "taking care of my stuff." My other has 185,000 miles and still running like a champ. I bought this car primary for my Bed and Breakfast guests, whom I saw renting lousy cars for Alaska at outrageous prices.
This new 2015 version has "eye sight" technology. Meaning it senses when you are crossing into lanes, a car stopped in front of you too quickly- etc. and takes appropriate action. Amazing!
It also has built-in GPS mapping, Bluetooth connectivity, and is just a marvel of engineering. If you have hills to climb in Fairbanks, this is your car.