2006 Subaru Forester 2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - OK but still room for
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2006 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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

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OK but still room for improvement
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.

Favorite Features

Acceleration, handling, and full time AWD. Excellent visibility in all directions. Good quality interior materials.

Suggested Improvements

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.
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