We looked at several small SUV's
including Santa Fe, Escape, VUE,and
Honda CRV. We didn't like the "feel of
the CRV, especially the dash-mounted
shifter. We were unsure of the
reliability and fuel economy of the
others. We test-drove a 2002 Forester
and the driving position was
unsatisfactory for my wife who is 5 ft
The 2003 Forester solved all the
problems we had with the 2002 model and
it was very easy to decide on it. We
feel the dealer gave us a good
discount, considering it was the first
2003 he sold.
Reliability and fuel economy. We feel
this vehicle is going to be low-cost of
ownership. Also, we like the moon roof
and driving position (sits higher than
the Honda Accord it replaced).
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.