Here's my run down of why I chose Forester over CR-V, Rav4, Escape, Tribute: PROs: 1. Unique-not many on the road 2. Drive and handling was slightly better but not by much 3. Boxer Engine Design & Lower COG 4. Driver's Visibility from inside car 5. Symmetry AWD 6. Friendly sales staff CONs: 1. Inferior Interior, Radio, switches & knobs, all too low tech 2. Scary to hear engine blows out (hope it doesn't happen to me) 3. 4 Gear auto Transmission 4. Mileage 5. no Xenon Headlamp, LED 6. Navi too expensive
Needs to upgrade instrument panel, Radio, switches, knobs, Navi option too expensive. Other options that are standard with other manufacturers needed to be added which increased the price. ***Needed to upgrade the transmission!!! If it had all these improvements, it may be the #1 selling crossover.