Using Dynamic Select have you tried sport mode or even better the Individual mode? Both make quite a difference in performance.The car drives much differently than the wife's Forester XT that was replaced. It will take some getting used to. One big noticable thing is how high the hood is compared to the Forester. The boxer motor in the Forester was a much more compact motor and allowed the hood to be much lower and the firewall to be pushed forward more. The other thing that I have really noticed is how low the RPMs are kept. The transmission will actually go all the way into 7th gear at 40 mph. It makes the motor feel like it is lugging, but I guess it improves gas mileage. I drive an STi so I'm used to a completely different driving feel.
Anyways, if there are any questions that other folks already haven't answered I'll try.
In Individual mode you can set the engine/trans mode, steering mode, climate mode and even turn off auto stop/start.