Since there are pluses and minuses for all vehicles, we did not feel that the Forester had any major weaknesses; WRONG! Starting with trim levels, if you want any lumbar support, you are forced to buy the limited trim which translates into a higher payment. I could easily do without leather or the extras however with a bad back, the choice was essential. The transmission is not shifting correctly and it has been a fight with the dealership. It has been eight days since we met with the Subaru rep and while he agrees that the transmission is not right, the dealership has still not called; how lovely. Very poor performance in the mountains on a recent trip and the door skins are very thin.
The highway ride is acceptable and the all wheel drive system is impeccable.
A modern transmission with five or six gears would help performance and mileage. Make the body side moldings standard since the door skins are so thin. Add lumbar support so that consumers do not have to purchase the top trim line to be comfortable.