85,000 miles and no failures or repairs. This car has been rock-solid from the very beginning and shows no signs of slowing down. The turbo motor makes for some fun driving but I can also get 24-25 mpg on highway cruises. Visibility is top-notch and the built-in safety features are a huge plus. It's not the prettiest car around but that's not why you buy a Forester. It's a do-everything vehicle that doesn't make many compromises to accomplish that goal. Rear seat room could be a touch bigger and that's the only major gripe I can come up with. If my Forester got totaled tomorrow, would I buy another? Yes, without a second thought. All cars should be this good.
Turbo power for the XT model. Storage space. Blend-in styling doesn't attract unwanted attention. Dead-on reliability. Go-anywhere AWD system. Among the safest cars on the road today, according to the IIHS and NHTSA.
A slightly longer wheelbase to improve backseat room All other items were addressed in subsequent model years.