First , I never thought that I would ever buy a Japanese Car (I always bought Ford's).But I wanted to make sure I was getting the best car for the money so I test drove and researched many cars in this class.I was pretty much sold on the Forester as soon as I drove it.Now I know why Consumer Reports ranks this as the #1 vehicle in it's class.The Forester rides and handles just like a car. It is very nimble, corners like a champ and peppy for a 4 cyl.It gives you all the good features of a car (good handling, ride and gas mileage)and all the good features of an SUV (All Wheel Drive, Great Visibility and Cargo Space).I also bought the Forester for its reputation for reliability and safety
Great Visibility, Handling, All Wheel Drive. Excellent Gas Mileage for an SUV, Safety and Reliablity Record ( All Subaru's tend to rank very high in safety and reliability).
If I were to suggest any improvements it would be the addition of a 5 speed automatic transmission and maybe a little more room for the back seat.