Fun, Safe and practical
By Giantomaso on
2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Very car-like. Extremely responsive for what is considered an SUV. Fuel ecomomy is good considering it is on all-time AWD. CR-V is only part-time AWD and has similar MPG. Excellent fit and finish. Most extras included in price, whereas Toyota and Honda get you with the extra options (resulting RAVs and CR-Vs more expensive than the Forester with the same options).
3 12V plugs - 2 in front 1 in back. Heated side mirrors, rear wiper, automatic turn-off lights, fog lights, hard plastic mat all included. Front seat very spacious for taller drivers (up to 6'4 at least). This came at the expense of rear seat room.
More power-XT model is awesome, but $5,000 more. Better OEM stereo in X model. Again XT is better. More stylish odometer - say blue lights, would be good. Rear seat poor for adults.