I bought one of the first 2009 Foresters off the boat. This is my 1st time owning a Subaru. So far (2 weeks, 500 miles) I love the car! Good looks (topaz gold), adequate power (5 speed manual shifts tight & smooth), quiet in the cabin, and great MPG (28+). The moonroof is huge. The build quality (espcly for a new model) is flawless. The IPOD i/f is great. And having AWD with the VDC feature is great in snow. Safety features are lengthy & very impressive. Price was competitive. And resale should be great down the road. My only complaints so far are that the HVAC blower is a little noisier than it should be, and the [variable assist] steering feels a bit too light when driving slow.
5 speed manual xmission; big moonroof; gas mileage; Ipod i/f; steering wheel mounted controls; AWD w/ VDC; reclining rear seats; lots of safety features; engine power; tinted windows;
Redesign HVAC blower motor/ducts to be less noisy; reduce a tiny bit the power steering assist at slow speeds;