Replaced a 92 Ford Explorer 4X4 with this model. I would do the trade again in a heartbeat now that I've had a chance to get a feel for this Forester, took a 3000 mile trip loaded to the max and still got 26 / 27 mpg highway at 75 MPH average. Smooth ride, reasonable response to the gas pedal, another gear in the automatic would be nice to smooth out the engine speed in the down shifts.
Very comfortable drivers seat, need one on the passenger side. Good view all around, minimal blind spots. Nicely responsive standard 4 cyl. engine.
Redesign the center console, put side by side cup holders in front of the shift, the current front back design is too far back, makes them useless or awkward to use.