Anticipated buying a Rav4 since I am Toyota guy. My wife
drives a 2011 Forester so I was not considering another Forester.
I was so disappointed with the Rav4 and the CRV still has visibility issues ( and no BSM), I decided to give Subaru another look. What a difference between the 2011 and the new Forester.
Subaru engineers improved almost everything except visibility which is still terrific even though it is a larger vehicle.
The one thing that did not improve is ride quality. The new model rides more like a SUV than the 2011 but has better seats and a fairly quiet cabin. Gas mileage agrees to sticker which is terrific. We have had no issues with either of our Foresters.
HK amps and speakers (worth the cost IMO)
1 touch fold down seats
18 " rims
Drivers seat with lumbar
Heated steering wheel
Remote start included in touring model
Memory for seats
Lumbar adj on front passenger seat
Blind spot monitoring and cross traffic
Replace all mirrors with cameras and monitors( let Sony integrate all electronics)
Paddle shifters on touring non turbo model
Run flat tires