After reviewing the CR-V, RAV-4, and Forester, we decided on the Forester. Not only did my wife agree, but so does Consumer Reports. It was rated their top small SUV. Once we decided on the Forester, I got prices from the internet. There were serious price ranges. Dealers were adding on options and trying to pass them off as necessary items. However, I have found that the only options necessary are the cargo tray, splash guards, and bumper cover. The above options come as a package. After much debate here are the following totals: price $26,100 plus tax & license. I took the $1,500 cash rebate. Bringing the total to $24,600. Seriously shop around to get best deal.
1. Extremely powerful and peppy engine. Has no problems accelerating on the highways. 2. Extremely great safety record (so does the CR-V). 3. Handles like a car. 4. Square cargo is useful 5. Solid build 6. Reliability 7. Great breaking 8. Automatic transmission shifts responsive.
1. Get better gas mileage 2. Have less variability in price from dealers 3. Rear seats are too small 4. Window could use a metal frame 5. Zigzag shift gate is a nuisance 6. Lacks navigation system option 7. Tint back windows 8. Lacks brush guard in front.