Purchased this car new in July 2015. I driven this car to Yellowstone, The Badlands and North Carolina this summer and fall. Averaged over 30 mpg on all three trips. Car drives great on the highway and I have been receiving 29-30 mpg around town. Despite some reviews I read about this car using oil, my car has not used a drop in between 2 oil changes. Highly recommend this car.
I previously had a Ford pickup which I really loved except the gas mileage and my son needed a vehicle. So, as I just went over 200k miles on that - I passed it off to him.
For me, I wanted something that got at least 30 mpg overall, and preferably had a higher ride profile. So, the smaller SUVs or a Crosstrek. I don't really care about fancy and I don't need navigation, 12 speakers, or a sunroof (not in Florida). I really didn't want anything with a turbo in it - a potential future maintenance issue (which knocked off the Escape from my list). So, I was looking for basic. I test drove several vehicles; last one being a Toyota Rav 4 - which was a nice vehicle but had too many blind spots. Plus, it had lots of bells and whistles I did not need (3 day weather forecast button and 32 station programming . . . what and why?). So, I went to my local Subaru dealer and jumped in the base model Forester and within the first mile test driving knew this was it for me. So, pulling out various papers; TrueCar pricing, Edmunds and others, we settled on a price. Unfortunately, they did not have one in the color I wanted and I had to order it - no worries though, 2 weeks later and I had it - my first Subaru.
After 14 months of driving, what I really like about the vehicle are the following; the visibility is very good and that was important to me, The handling on very wet roads is excellent (the AWD was not something I was looking for in a vehicle - it is a pleasant bonus), the acceleration is plenty good, the room/storage inside is very good (my dog enjoys it), the maintenance is covered by the dealer for 2 years . . . nice !, the gas mileage is great !! I have actually averaged 35.5 mpg on a trip (all highway). So, lots of good things !
I am a very happy owner. I am averaging 31.2 mpg and my driving is approx. 40% highway, 30% city and the other 30% is country driving (not highway and not city, steady 45 mph stuff, not many lights/stop signs). I have 15k miles on it after 14 months.
The only negative thing I can say about the vehicle is that the paint is too thin! We have many dump trucks in Florida and they are suppose to be tarped/covered but many tarps are nothing but rags and if you get stuck behind one . . . . and I have, and I now have several little chips on the hood and fenders where the small stones have chipped the paint to the metal . . . yikes. I have waxed it several times and hoping that will keep rust at bay. But the paint is thin. The only other minor issue, living here in the heat, is the overhead storage for the sunglasses gets pretty hot and I now have a ritual to hold the sunglasses in front of the AC vent to cool before putting on (very minor thing as I could put them in a case before putting in storage hold).
Overall, I think the Forester is an excellent vehicle. Gas mileage, visibility, peppy engine, handling is all very good. And it has a very high safety rating. I definitely would buy again and recommend to others. Paint issue, while I think it should be improved by Subaru, is not that big a deal. But, given that it is advertised as a adventurous-type vehicle; camping, nature, pet-friendly, etc. You would think the paint could handle roughing it some.
I've had this SUV for 9 months and 12000 miles. So far, no maintenance problems except for a slight vibration noise coming from somewhere behind the steering wheel/dash that you can hear at low speeds (under 30 mph). My mechanic thought it was a loose spring in the steering column, where the tilt assembly is, and a mechanic at Subaru thought it was a "loose latch" under the hood. She and I thought she had fixed it, but after a few days of silence the noise came back. It is a minor annoyance. Otherwise: body is stiff and ride is bumpy at first, but it smooths out considerably after about 5000 miles, and at this point I would rate it as smooth and enjoyable. Handling is a bit jittery at very low speeds (maneuvering through parking lots), which takes some getting used to. I find the steering to be excellent (at least compared to my former car, a 2000 Toyota Camry), making it fun to drive. Acceleration is very adequate: you don't get a sense of power to spare but you don't struggle to get from 40 to 60 or 60 to 80, either. It is crisp and swift. Traction was good through last winter (2014-15) in the Northeast (which was bad) although I drove slowly on icy roads. The wheels may have slipped here and there but the vehicle did not lunge or swerve. Gas mileage is excellent for an SUV, about 32 mph combined. Radio and CD player are very average. Visibility is excellent and general cabin atmosphere is nice with the extra light. Air conditioning seems about average, not icy but comfortable at temperatures over 90 at the second to lowest fan setting. Engine power while AC is running is surprisingly good; you don't really notice a difference. Storage capacity is fine; limited horizontally but compensated for with extra height.
not safe: intermittent temporary loss of power up to 4 seconds!
service department ran diagnostic test and then refused to acknowledge the problem
and stated the car
is safe to drive.I refused to drive it and traded it in immediately for a Honda.
I was very disappointed in Subaru.
I've had my 2015 Forester for almost an entire year now and I'm at 17,000 miles. When I was shopping for a new vehicle, I didn't even consider Subaru. The day I went test driving all of the vehicles that were on my list, I was highly unsatisfied with everything that had happened at other dealerships, and on a whim, my parents were like "WELL LETS CHECK OUT SUBARU!!!"
The knowledgeable sales people, warm environment, and the "quality you could feel" with the Forester is what sold me. The giant glass sunroof is also an extra perk. During the winter months, I made it EVERYWHERE with complete confidence. And I even tested out X-Mode on my friends extremely snow-covered driveway.....it works flawlessly. Highway MPG is also fantastic. I average 32-35. I highly recommend this vehicle or any Subaru. They have a feeling like non other. So far, no complaints.