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Review for Rural Mail Carriers
By oldgoatrr1 on
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2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
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Ride and seat comfort is comfortable, neither too hard nor too soft. Interior room is huge for its size. Drivers seat very adjustable. If you are tall, leaning over console armrest is no problem. If you are short, your seat back will be in front of the armrest so you can slide over the cupholders to reach boxes on the right side. Side windows are large and go up/down quicker than most. Outside mirrors are good size and are more tall than wide, so pulling up to boxes is easy. All windows seem very large as well, visibility is the best of any vehicle I have driven. Lots of room all through the Forester for tubs/trays and can be stacked as high as you dare.
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Layout for delivery is conveinient as well. Outgoing letters fit comfortably in the pocket in front of the gear shift. Large envelopes/cards fit in the passenger door map pocket. Remove the divider in the dual cupholder it becomes a perfect holder for your scanner. The pocket under the console armrest holds a common 30+ oz insulated cup. The armrest flips back out of the way for delivery if nesessary. Passenger floor board is large, room for a supply tote and several bundles. Back up camera is good to check the area is clear but I am not comfortable using it for backing.
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Stiil reviewing... Groung clearance is great. After years of 4WD, AWD is new to me. It is Amazing so far. 4WD powers and plows right through loose sand, mud and snow. AWD so far just ignores it and floats over everthing without effort. The CVT transmission works fine, don't really notice it. Fuel mileage is the clincher. Route is 140 miles/130 boxes on truely rural dirt/sand/gravel roads. The Forester averaging 27.4mpg. Best was 28.2mpg last week on one tank(2 days on the route). Worst was 24.7mph in a wet spell. Playing with the computer, it averages the following at steady speeds; 50mph=43mpg, 55mph=40mpg, 60mph=37mpg, 65mph=33mpg, 70mph=30mpg Nice SUV!
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By oldgoatrr1
on 08/11/13 13:45 PM (PDT)

Update after 8000 miles the Forester is trouble free. Mileage has bumped up a little. I've had 2 - 2 day averages over 30 MPG on the route. I got down to 22.5 MPG one tank plowing through mud all day. Still double the 10.5 MPG the Tundra gets on those days. I am just amazed at the AWD system. In wet weather I cruise straight down slimy, muddy roads stress free where, even with 4WD, I used to be on edge ready for something to get loose and send me sliding. Again, I have driven a lot of vehicles in bad conditions - nothing else even compares. If other AWD's are like this, the same goes for them. The last rave for this Forester is the turning radius. On most roads you can make a u-turn to service a box on the left side of the car. wow! A full 3ft shorter than a Camry.

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