I hesitated to write a review, because
I wanted to see how well the car held
up over time. Well, it's been a year
now, so here I am. This is the first
car I've ever purchased, and I'm very
happy with my decision. Friends still
kid me about getting a WRX, but I say
to heck with it! In the last year, I've
been in an accident (insurance
covered), and helped 2 friends moved.
My Forester still keeps on going!
The AWD is excellent for newbie drivers
in heavy snow conditions, and I love
how smooth the steering wheel is. I
drove a friend's Passat and can't
believe I considered getting it,
because the smoothness just didn't
Better radio. 1) Make it easier to put
in CDs into 6 disc changer. No more
hitting the Load button! Just add in
the disc; it should be automatic. 2)
The radio is difficult to navigate with
that crappy knob on the right side.
Redesign! You can do better!
SUBARU IS THE MOST RELIABLE CAR I HAVE
EVER OWNED. WE HAVE HAD SUBARUS IN OUR
FAMILY SINCE 1985, AND I HAVE NEVER
EVER REGRETTED IT. THEY ARE A 100%
QUALITY VEHICLE, FAR SUPERIOR TO MOST
CARS ON THE ROAD. (I HAVE NEVER HAD A
LIGHT BULB INSIDE OR OUTSIDE BURN OUT)
RIDE, VIEW FROM ALL SIDE, AND THE
COMFORT OF THE LONG TRIP. WHEN I TAKE A
300 TO 900 MILE TRIP ICAN GET OUT OF
THE VEHICLE AND HAVE NO BACK PAIN.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OVERDRIVE INSTALLED
SO WE CAN GET MORE THAN 26MPG ON A LONG
TRIP. MY IMPREZA STATION WAGON FULLY
LOADED GET ABOUT 32 TO 36 MPG ON A LONG
TRIP.(I GUESS I MIGHT BE SPOILED BY
We've had a 2002 Forester S Premium for
a little over two years; and like it so
much that we recently replaced our other
car with a 2003 XS with the premium
leather package. Both are auto trans.
Drove the 2003 from Virginia up to
Acadia Maine and spent a month driving
in Maine and Western Massachusetts (3000
miles). No complaints, very similar to
the prior model (which is an excellent
vehicle) except for a flaw in the
driver's seat adjustment mechanism.
Auto open and close feature of the power
moon roof, new for the 2003.
The 2002 driver's seat height adjustment
is far more sophisticated -- both the
front and the rear adjust up and down
independently. The 2003 has been
cheapened with a single adjustment in
the front. Needs the dual adjustments,
or a power option.
When I decided to replace my Nissan
Frontier I was a bit unsure about what
type of vehicle would best suit my
needs. I wanted more interior space,
better gas mileage and a more
comfortable ride. But I didn't want to
give up having 4-wheel drive, and
wanted to have some cargo room. I
looked at the Ford Escape, Jeep
Liberty, Toyota RAV 4, Honda CRV and
eventually the Subaru Forester. The
Forester is fun to drive (not like a
sports car, but for a small SUV it
handles very well), the fuel economy is
good, it has great safety features (#1
small SUV in Insurance Institute
Study), is reliable (according to
Consumer Reports), and comfortable.
Of course I love the sunroof, but it
was really the handling that won my
over. Of all the cars I looked at and
drove this was the most fun to drive.
A bit more room in the backseat would
be nice. Would also like to see Subaru
offer XM radio as an option.
Test drove and priced several other
comparable models, but none matched
the Forester for features and overall
performance. I drive mostly highway
and it has lots of pep for a 4 cyl.
Anyone in the market for a small
SUV/crossover should test drive the
Easy to get in and out of, CD stereo
is surprisingly good, new styling on
2003 model was a big improvement.
Minor complaints: I drive mostly
highway and I get 28 mpg. It would be
nice to get a little better mileage.
The arm rest in in an awkward place
for the 5 spd shifter.