The Forester is a practical, reliable, and versatile vehicle. The only problem is that it uses a 170hp engine to power a relatively large vehicle.
So, if you are planning on buying one I recommend you buy the turbo charged XT. this will power you up hills with no trouble. The storage space is great, and the panoramic moon roof is incredible.
Turbo charged engine on the XT.
Panoramic moon roof. Backup camera. Comfortable seats in the touring models
Update the transmission to a 5-speed or even better a 6-speed.