I love the Forester. Living in New England it has been the perfect car for my family -- it performs well in all weather types, especially the snow. Its compact size is a plus when it comes to parking or city driving. Rear passenger seats could use with a bit more leg room but overall, not a complaint. Recently purchased the '06 LL Bean edition to replace our '06 2.5X that was totaled in an accident. Walked away with only scratches from a seat belt despite the wreckage. If we hadn't been sold on its safety rating the first time around, we are now and we went straight back to the dealer to replace it! Held up its value well & when it comes time to replace our other car, to Subaru we go!
Heated seats, large windows, HUGE power moon roof, quick to heat up or cool down, great acceleration on the highway and smooth ride. Large side- view mirrors are wonderful feature too! Its low profile made cleaning it off in the winter a breeze! Fits easily in the compact car parking spaces.
Larger rear passenger section (cramped for adults). Reposition cup holder locations (awkward to use when driving), better arm rest. Occasional slight rattle/vibration from dash but overall nothing to worry over. Occasional jerk upon accelerating from a slow or stopped position.