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Best SUV for the buck!
By Premium Forester on
Vehicle2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI researched this purchase extensively. It's by far the best SUV for the $. Safety was my #1 priority. "Rear visibility" (a passive safety feature) is the best of any SUV on the market as is the drive-ability of this SUV (great turning radius). The new engine is great and the vehicle is affordable. The Premium w/All Weather Package is the best value (<$24k++). It packs all the most important and safety technology. It rides like a car and looks unique. Time will tell but so far it is proving to be a very wise purchase. I found each SUV I looked at had it's pro's / con's but in the final analysis of various data points it wasn't even close. I also get a lot of compliments on it.
Best FeaturesRear visibility 5 Star Crash scores INCLUDING the important roof strength test (many competitors did poorly). Huge sunroof Handling A solid AWD system. Uniqueness. All new engine (in the '11) runs well and uses a timing chain. Heated seats w/ALL WEATHER PKG. (a must & you don't have to buy leather
Worst FeaturesImprove the MPG Upgrade the 4sp Auto Transmission to a more modern, lower revving 5 or 6 speed. Lessen the wind noise noticeable at speed. Boxer engine needs to warm up when cold, a little rough but only takes a minute. Takes Synthetic Oil- good for the engine but oil changes will cost about $60!
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