I'm used to full size pickup truck but with gas prices being the way they are decided to test drive the Forester. So far I'm very happy with my purchase. Getting like 24.5 mpg combined according to trip computer, 27-28 highway. for a little car it has enough room for hauling a good amount of stuff. I'm 6 foot tall and with the 09 I was able to adjust driver seat to comfortable position then got in the back seat and was still comfy at least for short rides. Haven't had bad weather since I've owned it but it feels nimble when driving. No it's not a Hemi but does a great job for a commuter car and loaded even for base model. And lots of room.
Included add ons, driver adjustable seat, CD player. Loaded with options from the get go. Very few add ons needed after.
Very little improvement is really needed already very nicely equipped for the price.