My wife bought it new and handed it to me when we bought a new Forester this year. She's used it to carry dogs & horse stuff, to drive over fields, to carry our boys to all the usual places. I now drive it back and forth to work (15 miles/day), & my son drives it when home from college. We about 22 mpg, 24 if highway driving (but that's not often). So astonishingly dependable that when something goes wrong, you think somebody's been fooling with it.
Cupholders. The Forester's cupholders are in between front seats - very clumsy to use. Legacy's are flimsy, but much more convenient. Huge storage space compared to Forester '08.
The front seats are uncomfortable during long drives. Subaru fixed this as of the '08 Forester.
Although a plain vanilla car,
reliability has been outstanding. Only
major repair was new alternator at
100,000. Otherwise, vehicle still going
strong at over 112,000 miles. Just wish
they'd pep up the styling for this
model to compete with the Europeans.
Reliability and four wheel drive.
Styling and the seats (but better seats
and improved engineering are found in
more recent Legacies. Overall, a very
good brand. They should really upgrade
the styling to compete with European
cars (but leave the engineering alone).