2010 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Subie Newbie - Part 1 (At 2,50

2010 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5X 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Subie Newbie - Part 1 (At 2,500 miles)
By Pat from New Jersey on


2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Before buying the 2010 Subaru Forester I considered the V6 RAV4 (also own CRV). The boxer engine and AWD won. The turbo engine was impressive, but lost out to non-turbo (requires premium fuel and loses 1-2 mpg in fuel economy). This vehicle is very spartan even in top Limited trim so don't expect a luxurious interior (the CRV has a much better interior). Be aware of the following: the PZEV engine is very rough during morning starts (but this is normal) and lots of interior plastic that rattles/buzzes. Otherwise it's been a good car. If you expect a good reliable car that can drive in any weather you shouldn't be disappointed. If you expect luxury you will be disappointed. Part 2 soon...

Best Features

Big sunroof, excellent driver view, boxer engine, full-time AWD, power driver seat, and fuel economy (getting 28 mpg).

Worst Features

Subaru needs to listen to the customer complaints about the rattles and buzzing (there is a 2009 technical service bulletin) for 2009 model. Would have expected Subaru to correct this for the 2010 model...but they did not.
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