by ruslan on Dec 27, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Generally speaking, it is a great small utility vehicle that that drives like a car. It is an excellent winter vehicle, but it is not best for highway driving. It lacks power for comfortable passing, and down-shift is on the slow side. And, highway wind and road noise are on the noisier side. I took it for a 4000mile/6000km drive from Canada to California. It handled nicely when it was +24C and during winter blizzard when I-15 got closed for hours. I haven't had major problems with the vehicle, except sunroof does no longer work. And, parts and service are a bit expensive, especially in Canada.
by mbarie on Sep 2, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Although I've only had this car for 4
months I LOVE it! I also drive an
Escape. To compare my Forrester to the
Escape is like comparing apples to
raisins. This is my 5th new car, but
it's the first car I've ever been
totally excited about. I've never owned
a Subaru before, but I'm sure it won't
be my last. It rides well, handles
well, and is very comfortable. I also
like knowing that it is highly rated
when it comes to safety. It's culture
shock on the days I have to drive the
other car! If my early experience is
any indicator, I'm hoping to be driving
this car for many, many years to come.
by Floyd99 on Jun 1, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
If you want a spacious, well-built, fun
to drive small UTE with the BEST
AWD system and the highest safety
rating, look no further.
We are so impressed with this
automobile - on all levels. We even
drove in the heart of the Canadian
Rockies on a rough muddy trail,
stream crossings and STEEP
inclines....it did great!
All that, PLUS the legendary Subaru
reliability? What a package!
by Jim - NJ on Apr 7, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Rides and handles very well, more like
a good Sedan than other small SUVs.
Over 15,000 miles so far. No problems
at all. Comfortable seats.
Good acceleration for most drivers. We
prefered it's large H4 to some
competitors small 6s. AWD / trans very
Plenty of Cargo Room. Back Door is
_not_ impeded with spare tire as is
case with most direct competitors-- a
Mid heigth between typical SUVs and
Cars makes for easy access and good
view. If you are really hung up
on "command view", buy something else.
Gas milage slighly better than
advertised near 30 mpg on the highway.
LOVE the big moon roof, view, overall
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