2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
With a little one on the way, we wanted something a little bigger with that still offered reasonable mileage. Went with the TURBO due to our high altitude (7200ft) and plethora of mountains. Very peppy with our AVG MPG of 22-24. On backpacking trips we've taken it on unmaintained roads that are difficult to walk much less drive over. Our Forester handles them amazingly well. No problems to report. We change the oil every 3K and wash it every couple of weeks, that's it. We bought a 15 cu.ft. Thule box for long road trips. Fits great on the factory roof rack. The ride is much quieter than the '05 CR-V and the climate control had no problem with 115+ heat of Death Valley. We're very happy with it!
I like the AWD, turbo, manual transmission, and head room. My wife loves the "Hill Clutch", better view and easier access due to its higher profile (especially when lifting the little one in/out of the car seat). The lower road lamps are especially useful when driving on rough roads in dimly lit situations.
Back seat is a little small, especially with an infant car seat. A nice convenience would be radio controls on the steering wheel. Lastly, being over 6 feet, I tend to sit way back and the sun visors tend to be too small. However, I've had this problem in the CR-V, Accord, and Celica as well.
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