Good All-a-round Car
By kdburnsforester on
Vehicle2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
ReviewThe Forest XT provides excellence in
almost every category w/o much
sacrifice. The turbo
provides excellent acc + other recent
improvements produces enough power at
2200rpm's to climb a 5% grade in 5th
gear w/o engine "lug-down,"
resulting in better gas mileage. So
far, my combind
highway/city gas milage has been
27.4mpg - highway almost 29. The XT /w
premium adds luxury to a
practical car. The "competition"
not offer comparable features,
performance, or handling: more
comparable to an
X3/Touareg/Freelander. More car for
Best FeaturesTurbo/torque, premium pckg, low center of gravity, excellent handling, awd /w viscous- center locking dif (only /w man trans - auto has cntr trnsfr-clutch), crash test scores + safety, visibility, "Boxter" reliability record
Worst FeaturesUpgrades to hill-holder clutch including turn-off switch, low-range, 6th gear on man trans (above current 5th gear), updated steering wheel /w climate and audio, stiffer suspension, extra inch of clearance.
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