I appreciate all the feedback.
I test drove this 2010 today and drove it home to let the finacee see it and see about the dogs fitting in the hatch.
The sloping roofline is a bit tight for the Golden, but its fine considering we only do short trips around town with them in the car.
It was quite odd though trying to get used to the pause at take off from a standstill and the engine turning off. I spun the tires once because it was wet out and I gassed it while the engine was off..that was weird...
In about a 20 mile drive, mixed stop and go and short spurts on the highway, it reached 37-38mpg pretty fast on the readout.
Only complaint immediately would be legroom for taller passengers on the passenger side. I'm 6'3" and am close to the dash, but not touching.
Nothing like my Forester, but the trade off is obvious, I'm almost doubling my mpg and the size is still quite usable.
Now to work the numbers. The "fun" part