2006 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2006 Forester

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2006 Forester
By K Barnes on


2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I wanted a car for snow trips that got better mileage than my gas guzzling Jeep Wrangler. I average 22-24 in town and once got 31 mpg going 65 on the flats of Utah. It is a stick. Does great in snow. It is also roomy because of its boxy shape. The rear seat footroom is minimal however. The headrests are too far forward. The black dotted material on the door will chafe your elbows if you rest them there. I find the car quiet which others say is noisy. Car has tight turning radius. Did not buy it for its looks. Is functional not fashionable. High ground clearance prevents a lot of bottoming out. Needs a telescoping steering wheel. Have to reach too far to reach wheel with seat back.

Best Features

All wheel drive. Good gas mileage as long as you drive 65 MPH or below with manual transmission. General roominess including headroom.

Worst Features

Beware, the car drivetrain jerks when at low speed and you go to accelerate. It is very annoying in slow traffic. After spending time with Subaru's regional rep I was told that my vehicle "is currently operating as the design intended." Which means there is no fix. Offer WRX seats as option in 2.5x.
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