I bought the car (2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)) on July 2013 after a lot of research and I am overall pleased. Acceleration is great in "S" mode but uses a lot of gas - average is 22.5mpg after 10,700 miles. Exterior design and 18" powder coated wheels are standout in the crowd of small size SUVs.
4 wheel drive was a blast during last snowy winter in Chicago area, 18" wheels, audio system, eyeglasses box, center console extendable arm rest.
CVT annoyingly hesitates when aggressively stomping on gas pedal. Bucket seats feel more like a bench with its flared out sides and unsupportive lumbar. Ride is pretty harsh, and I am yet to find out whether it is tires fault or the combination of stiff suspension and large wheels (or all of the above). Navigation system is located awkwardly low. Navigation system is also not recessed, so I cannot see anything at all on the sunny day.
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