I'm almost to the end of my first year with my 2010, the fourth Forester we've bought (we still have 3 of them in the family). Was driving a 2008 Premium, which gave me an insight into how Subaru shaved costs to keep pricing where it is. For 2009 and 2010, they dropped the leather wrapped steering wheel, integrated turn signal lighting in side mirrors, and premium radio with 6 Cd changer in favor of a cheap radio with one CD. Love the ride, how supple it is over bumps. The power is plenty adequate, particularly if you push it over into manumatic and stir it yourself. Like the tinted windows on Premium and Limited. Love, love, love the extra space of the new body style.
Ride quality, interior space, styling, alloy wheel design, visibility, world's largest sunroof, gas mileage, reliability
Higher quality exterior paint, carpet, windshield glass. Raise the passenger seat. Put in a decent radio or offer an upgrade for purchase! And please, please add a 5th gear, or a CVT transmission.