I researched the mini suv's and bought
a 2003 Forester. I was worried about
the lack of space, but after a year of
use, I no longer have that concern. It
really proved itself after hauling my
son and all of his stuff 800 miles away
to college. With a roof cargo carrier
from Sears and the Forester's rear
compartment loaded up, I got 28 mpg @
75 mph. It was a comfortable ride and
actually has more leg room than the
Safari mini van. The Forester is not
as large as my previous vehicles, but
then I didn't get 28 mpg with them. I
guess there are trade offs with
everything, but for a all round, do
just about anything vehicle, I am very
satisfied with my choice.
Handling, location of all controls,
seat comfort, gas mileage
Make the window in the rear hatch open
separately from the hatch, Let the
rears seat backs recline alittle bit.
Never thought we'd own a Subaru. In
fact, Subaru wasn't even on our radar
screen until we checked safety ratings.
I went from a Durango to the Forester
and I can honestly say that my wife and
I love this car, er, SUV, er crossover,
er, whatver they want to call it!
Anyone looking I'd say go to the Subaru
dealer and just buy one! It's a great
car year 'round, but especially in rain
or in winter. Can fit plenty of things
inside. Our Forester just plain works.
We're now thinking of eventually
replacing my wife's car with a Subaru.
We're glad we discovered how good they
Availability of a 5spd, ride,
reliability, climate control system
(like heat fast in the winter and
arctic air in the summer), overall
soundness of the build, AWD, great MPG,
fun to drive.
A little more of a comfy seat would
help for long trips, more sound
deadening material that works at higher
speeds, and a higher end stereo as an
option regardless of trim level.
Got the 2.5X after looking all small
SUV's and test driving the CRV and
Escape. The Forester had the best
ride/handling/road manners. Downsized
from a extended minivan (family of 4)
haven't missed it, not even on our long
summer trips. Put a Thule box on carry
gear for trips and camping. Overall,
the car surprizes us with how fun it is
to drive and how refined it is for a
small car. My wife would rather drive
the Forester than her Lexus ES300!
Turbo would be great fun, but has even
worse fuel economy.
AWD system, power, looks, seating
position/comfort (9 in height
difference between drivers),
performance, standard features, safety
Interior trim quality(plastic scratches
easily), Interior carpet quality(shows
wear with minimal use), fuel economy
could be better for a small car.