I bought a used 2013 forester with about 13,000 miles on it. I love this car, it is really spacious, pretty good on gas (average 24.6 mpg) and looks beautiful.
I am about 5' tall. But, I can't reach the brake pedal, (it is too high up and I have put a pillow under the floor mat), the seat doesn't go high enough and I need a pillow for that also, the steering wheel is to wide and my hands are cramping up from holding it, I have severe lower back pain, (am now trying an attached back support for the seat), sciatica pain, and cramps and soreness in my feet (from stretching to reach the pedals). In addition, there is no shade darkening on the top of the front windshield, my legs burn up.
lots of storage room. bluetooth for an ipod or ipad. temperature and mileage display. extra cup holders in the front doors.
front windshield darkening on the top. Seats that support backs better for short people.
Seats that go up higher.
lower brake pedals.
Center console cup holders that aren't set so far back.
left front vents for air that don't blow directly into the side of the instrument panel, but towards the driver.
rounder, slightly smaller (radius width) for steering wheel.
Do yourself a favor by opting for a higher trim...if you have a BACK problem.
I purchse 2013 base model just because of the color. It is brown/burgundy (new for 2013) and either wait 8 weeks or take the base model.
After 13,000 miles later, I regret my purchase only because of the lacking(or Non) lumbar support and a thigh support.
I have a back issue since purchasing this CUV. Of course, if you are moderate sized person, this would not be an issue. Otherwise, it is a very solid vehicle.
This is my 4th Subi and would not be the last.
Ride comfort, good visibilty, and not attractive enough for the thieves.
Better SEATS, more latteral support and longer bottom cushion.
I've had my 2013 Subaru Forester since February 2013 after my 1999 Subaru Legacy quit running.
I use non ethanol gasoline and I'm averaging between 27-29.2 MPG since I purchased the car.
It has plenty of room and enough acceleration for normal & daily driving.
I am still disappointed Subaru does not offer a limited / leather model with a 5 speed transmission.
I decided to buy a 2013 over a 2014 because I do not trust the long term drive ability of the new CVT transmission yet!
All Wheel Drive, Sunroof, Tight cornering feel, Comfortable seats, Radio / CD display, good MPG with non ethanol gas.
I HATE the cheap door trim around the drivers / passengers elbow.
I am not impressed with the Backseat recline function either.
It rattles like crazy.
I've had my 2013 Forester for about 7 months now and so far, so good.
It isn't the fastest, most luxurious, or most tech savvy car on the market, but what it is, is a great all around car.
In todays market there are not many CUVs you can run to the store in one minute, and then the next go out in the back country.
This is what made this vehicle so impressive to me being a Wyoming native who very well may do both of those activities in the same day.
This little crossover is just so well rounded and good at so many things it makes me happy everytime I drive it.
The interior does have some cheap materials, and the stock mud guards are terrible, but other than that I'm happy with my foz.
Bluetooth audio and phone, moon roof, ground clearence and AWD
Better interior plastics/fabrics, better wheel arch/mud guard design, needs manual gearbox with back up camera
I love my 2013 Subaru Forester, so here comes the nit pickin'.
I bought this SUV in November of 2012. I hate the gray plastic dyed interior trim inside, looks great until you scratch it. Too expensive to fix or replace! Don't like the silver plastic front grill, there is no touch up paint for it! The inside carpet is fraying around the floor mat, but it's not too bad so far, could use better quality carpet. The ride is not bad, but could be smoother. The Bluetooth doesn't filter out noise very well, when trying to call out! No exterior temp gauge!
This vehicle could maybe be 3 inches higher. Keep in mind, these things I mentioned may be improved on the 2014 model!
I love the way it drives. Also, I can see all around the car through my rear view mirror, i
have great visibility even on the back rear side windows. Huge back rear window! The blind spots are minimal!
Has great torgue! Not slow too me! Has a great turning radius! I got a lot of features for a reasonable price! Black fender flares would look nice!
I would put a interior temp gauge inside the car! This makes me feel uncomfortable! Get rid of the gray dyed interior plastic and replace it with a hard grained vinyl! Make the Bluetooth better quality for filtering out noise, when trying to call out, it keeps saying it can't understand me! Improve the quality of the carpet! Raise the vehicle at least 3 inches off the ground! The front grill should be a hard plastic black rubber, the 2014's grill has been changed! Don't know the material that is being used! Fog lights should come standard on all vehicles! Better gas mileage,
28 city, 35 hwy. Mazda has Skyactive technology! Black fender flares would look nice!