The Forester replaced a 2003 Honda CR-V. The Forester has acceleration equal to the Honda, but I expected the Forester to be better since it has more horsepower and less weight. The Forester has much better handling on mountain roads (where I mostly drive). The Honda had disc brakes on all wheels, but Subaru saved a few bucks by providing drum brakes at the rear. The Honda had much more interior room and miscellaneous storage spaces. The Forester has some annoying buzzes and rattles in the dash area on rough roads. Even at 75,000 miles, the Honda had none. The controls on the Forester lack the silky smoothness of the Honda. The Honda (EX model) had a better sound system.
Acceleration, handling, and full time AWD. Excellent visibility in all directions. Good quality interior materials.
Provide latches for a center position installation of a child safety seat in the rear. (Subaru recommends that that outside position installations be used, and these are not as safe as the center position.) The brake and clutch pedal positions need revising as driving with boots is very difficult.