It took me about 30 days to realize how uncomfortable my Forester is. I guess I was still hyped up to have a brand new car. First of all, it is not a cheap car by any means. Limited Edition is about 26k. I love the exterior and interior looks, the reliability is great as well, BUT the car is automatic transmission is EXTREMELY jerky and the suspension leaves A LOT to be desired. It literary feels as if you are riding a carriage from 18th century. It is really sad that such a beautiful car inside and out has such poor driving characteristics. The most unfortunate thing is that Subaru RUINED Forester 2014, it looks hideous, just as ugly as Impreza. HIDEOUS, how could then destroy such beautifu
Interior and exterior design
Suspension is HORRIBLY stiff
They made transmissions better 50 years ago
I have owned my 2011 Subaru Forester Limited for one year now.
Here are the facts:
Fun to drive
Good gas mileage (getting around 22 in town and 28 on highway if not loaded down).
My wife has the 2011 outback and gets even better mileage but it has the CVT transmission instead of the Foresters 4 speed transmission.
Waiting for Subaur to change the transmission in the Forester.
Rating: Consumer Reports (which I trust) rates the vehicle very high and is one of the reasons I purchased the Forester.
The other influencing factor was the AWD.
I found the ride to be good and I am satisfied with it.
Quality: The interior's materials and the exterior's metal not so good.
All wheel drive.
For an all wheel drive vehicle good gas mileage.
Easy to enter and exit from the car seats.
Visibliity is good.
Improve the interior quality and the quality/finish of the exterior.
Include Satellite Radio, not just Satellite ready.
Great design. Spacious cabin. Terrific handling and visibility. Good gas mileage, average 23 mpg around town. Seats ok
for daily driving but need more support when driving long distances. Ground clearance and 4 wheel drive provide added safety in heavy down pours. Haven't driven in snow.
Subaru engineers did a great job designing a practical vehicle at a reasonable price.
Seats need to provide more support.
Blind spot monitoring system for added safety.
Interior materials & colors.
6 speed tranny.
Generally OK, but bad fuel economy (average 19
MPG, mostly high way miles), manual claim 91 octane GAS, but Subaru website says 87 octane.
All the instruments will be in red color during night while driving.
Can not open trunk without remote.
Inspection need to be handled specifically.
make day night running light automatically, if 19 MPG, don't claim 23 MPG.
The Subaru Forester has been a fantastic car. This car is very quick and can do a 0-60 sprint in just 7.5 seconds. The steering is very responsive, well waited, and stays absolutely flat during cornering. There is no need to get a reversing camera with this car because its got excellent visibility. If you decide to go with the Turbo you have an extreme need for speed, because the non-turbo is faster than most 6 cylinders. This car is a on road performer but does not disappoint in snow or ice. This car might not be the best cargo carrier, but if your looking for a wagon that's really fast and performance oriented there is no other car that will do it better.
Performance, Sheer Speed, Handling, High quality leather, low profile looks, made in Japan (not indiana), traction advantages, Much more performance oriented and aggressive than the 2008-2011 Impreza
Better fuel economy would be nice, but this a speed demon.
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