2005 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2005 Forester Ultimate Crossov

2005 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XS Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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2005 Forester Ultimate Crossover
By rbidasio on


2005 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Subaru Forester was cross-over before cross-over was cool! The '05 Forester XS fits our needs perfectly. A sturdy blend of wagon, car, and SUV makes this offering a super value. Excellent safety and gas mileage also make this an attractive buy. The Forester wipes the competition in handling. It can out-corner and out-slalom anything else in its class. The ride is unbelieveably smooth and quiet. Honda CR/V and Toyota Rav4 were noisey and handled terribly. The Forester won our business due to its low center of gravity and total lack of body roll. Seating position is optimum and the most quality and comfortable seats I have ever felt, and heated too.

Best Features

Quiet, impeccable handling, smooth ride. Incredibly comfortable heated seats. Quality fit and finish interior. Tons of handy storage compartments. Full spare stowed onboard, not hanging off tailgate. Excellent outward visibility all around. 5-speed manual maximizes available power.

Worst Features

Lose plastic exterior trim on rear liftgate. It seems flimsy. Replace with a rubberized closing grip to aid in closing the rear door. More power w/o having to add a turbo would be nice.
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