Since Jeep no longer made the Cherokee & gas prices are high, it seemed to be the logical choice to get a "highly regarded" Forester. I've owned it for almost a year & have 12500 miles on it. The car (& make no mistake, it is a car) gets decent mileage for this type of vehicle, rides peppily after a bit of sluggishness at the start, & gives a decent ride on a nice dry highway. The build quality of the body seems flimsy, tinny. Doesn't come across as a sturdy car at all. Has developed several rattles & a crunching sound in the rear when going over speed bumps/dips. Experience in the snow has been frightful, if not downright dangerous. Useless in SLUSH(!) in city driving. Won't even think of taking it offroad.
Tasteful, simple, comfortable interior (rear seats are a bit cramped), huge moonroof, good all-around vision, heated seats, auto-dimming mirror, NO dark-tinted glass in the rear passenger & cargo area (I find it tacky & despise it).
Tires, Tires, Tires! OEM Yokohamas are useless. I was the only car continuously sliding (ABS had to work constantly) in downtown Montreal going from 1 stoplight to the next, on level ground. Unacceptable & won't be buying another one.