i've had my used 09 Forester XT (~57k miles) for about 2 months now.
Took it cross country (+10k miles) completely loaded inside, on top with car top carrier and
behind with hitch carriage.
Gas mileage so-so (23-24 mpg).
my previous car's 6 cyl engine did better with gas, but had nothing on this Forester when it comes to needing a little get-up-and-go on highway and in mountains.
2 problems: front head rest and noise.
Turned front head rest around to reduce neck fatigue.
Noise - my dog used to be an awesome road tripper, until we got this car.
She is unable to relax as long as the car is in motion.
It's so bad, i'm considering selling just for her well-being.
Turbo, to be sure!
Reliability of name
5 month update.
working on this car is a bear.
it's not something i considered before buying because reviews were so good.
to get anywhere inside the engine you have to take off the supercooler, and servicers know and charge for it.