This is a great car for the price (under $20K). It is fun to drive and it handles corners very well. The storage capacity is very reasonable for its small size. I love the AWD, but it does take getting used to if you've never had it before. Fuel economy is just ok (about 22-25 mpg), but it runs on regular gas which is a huge plus. I spent slightly more on my last new car (1995 Infiniti G20) and this one has nearly as many features. I looked at a lot of cars (Hondas, Toyotas, and luxury preowned) and the Forester is by far the best car for the price.
AWD, storage capacity, red exterior/gray interior (I would not recommend the beige interior). Lots of useful cupholders.
Interior noise level can get quite loud, especially when the radio and air are both on. Interior carpets are really skimpy. The radio is just ok - the buttons are designed for a very small person. There should be controls included on the steering wheel.