The Forester is a fun car to drive. It is smooth, quite and predictable. Gas mileage is difficult to measure. The gas consumption indicator in the dash exaggerates the mileage by about 1 mpg. I have never gotten the promised highway mileage but have always done better than the city mileage claim. For the first 6000 miles I got 23.5 mpg then it jumped to 24.5 mpg and at 17000 miles it jumped to 25.5 mpg. These figures are for city/highway mixed driving. At a steady 65 mph I get about 26.5 mpg. I have heard from several sources that it takes about 25,000 miles to break in a Subaru engine and drive system. My diving style average with easy acceleration.
The boxer engine is silky smooth unlike other 4 cylinder engines. The a wheel drive system seamless. The back seat has a lot of leg room for the size of the car. Overall, this is an excellent car
Raise the seat height of the front passenger seat or make it adjustable. A 5 or 6 speed transmission would make it better for highway cruising and climbing hills. Power is marginally acceptable. Good power would be 200 hp and 200 ft lbs of torque.