I used to be an American vehicles only kind of guy. Not sure what got into me, but I decided I liked this vehicle after looking at it and test driving it.
As I said in the title, they seem to have thought of everything. It is all about the little things, such as something as simple and yet so RARE as reclining rear seats.
The 2.0XT (rally-cross turbo, if memory serves), has a sporty little get-up to it.
Towing is pretty sad at 1500lbs, but I guess there are trade-offs. With Subaru reliability and this smooth drive and CVT with three different "shift modes", I believe it is worth it since I rarely tow, anyway.
Organized engine compartment
Oil filter right on top
Reclining rear seats
Leather outer parts of cloth seats
HUGE sunroof (biggest I have seen)
Comes with nice wheels (mine did, anyway)
Back glass does not pop and thus does not squeak
I don't believe the rating system is accurately stating how disappointing this car is, based on some of the statements below:
Using Oil ! – but 4 stars?
Oil burner & Subaru does not want to admit problem – but 3 stars?
Do Not Buy – but 2 ½ stars?
Constantly having to check engine oil – but 3 ½ stars?
BURNS OIL & has a slight hesitation – but 2 ½ stars?
Incessant Rattling – 4 stars?
Purchase Was A Mistake – 2 ½ stars?
DISAPPOINTED - TERRIBLE RIDE – 4 stars?
2014 Forester BURNS OIL – 3 stars?
Let me put it succinctly. Subaru thinks it is "normal" for an engine to use 1 quart of oil per 1200 miles. That's insane.
This is my 6th Subaru; I won't own another.
I may only lose 4-5 K on this car when I sell it. That's the only positive I can state.
Fix the oil burning problem instead of denying it. Replace all the blocks in the 2011-2014 Forresters that you have admitted in Technical Service Bulletins have this problem. Be the company you claim to be.
Disappointed with purchase of new Subaru 2014 Forester. I have had this car only 1 year, purchasing from local dealer. The vehicle is using oil between oil changes as other consumers note. The last occurrence was returning from out of town in the rain after midnight - light comes on - we are miles from anything open to purchase a quart of oil. Finally get to a 24/7 station, check oil - it is almost below oil stick!!!! This is 2,000 miles before the vehicle is due for another oil change!!!!!!!! Quite annoyed. Will see what Subaru does to correct this problem. So sorry I did not keep my Honda Odyssey Van, mileage 230,000, which never had oil burning issues, even with high mileage.
Reliable in snow and ice. Fuel efficient (avg 26 mpg). Love large moon roof.
Fix oil consumption problem.
Irritating rattle on dashboard.
Left speaker crackles.
Hesitation in acceleration on occasion.
the seller's repeated sale's line was "This car loves winter, you will really feel the difference in winter" and I do... the driving is awesome... except: i now cannot refuel because the latch to open the tank is frozen in ice! I now had to drive the car to an indoor garage and pray that tonight it will work. Not so impressive for a car that "loves" winter. The windshield also cracked about a month after I got it... I never had a windshield crack and have always driven in the same conditions. Again, unimpressed. Little gadgets also started to give way inside the car. Already I've been to the garage for oil leakage (the car had 2,000kms then)... My car is still under 6,000 kms!!
Bought 2014 Subaru Forester in March and found some features below standard. The rubber coated dash is hard to clean and seems to attach lint. The rear hatch does not open when the open button is pressed but has a delay so at first the open button was pressed repeatedly causing some frustration unless you wait until hatch starts to move. The brakes feel soft and the pedal slowly moves when stopped at a light. Need to pump brakes to get pedal up and this causes car to move which is scary when sitting in traffic. Dealer says all Subaru brakes operate this way but this is my first Subaru and I do not remember this problem on previous American or Japanese cars I owned.