We've had our Forester L for about 2
years now. Overall, it's a decent
vehicle. Handling is very carlike and
stable, the interior is reasonably
quiet, and the space and layout make it
a great camping/outdoor vehicle (which
is how we use it). Our main problem
has been a faulty oxygen sensor that
has been replaced THREE TIMES. Not an
expensive fix, but is very irritating.
One more and the Lemon Law takes
effect. Also the rear hatch shows
small rust-colored spots in the paint
that the dealer claims are caused by
road/brake dust. I've never seen that
in any other vehicle I've owned.
Otherwise it's been dependable and
useful in snowy Michigan.
Deceptively large cargo space w/lots of
cubbies, decent power, all-weather
Chintzy interior, uncomfortable seats
for extended travel, no limited-slip
diff., cheap and poorly-placed
cupholders. Spotty reliability (see
Buyer beware! Same probs as others: tires worn at 25K(replaced with 75K), service dept, hard to work with, O2 and fuel sensors failed, 16-19 mpg, body panels rusted, AWD does NOT mean off road through forests. Short back seat and slow accelleration. But overall, Forester has a great car feel, easy to handle, no blind spots, dependable in all weather, and is SAFE--like a little tank. Living in KY, I don't feel I get my money's worth, but when I travel to MI, AWD and quick heater/defroster makes all worth while as I scoot past bulky SUVs. Forester is sure-footed, dependable car/truck/wagon.
AWD all the time, car-like handling, large bumpers around the perimeter, plenty of standard features, all the little storage nooks!!
Colored turn signal panels in rear (in daylight cannot be seen very well), higher quality OEM tires.
BIG BUT however: the Bridgestone Dueler tires are poor, unsafe in any kind of winter conditions. seconded by Consumer Reports' tests, user experiences.
There are many other all season tires that have better all season performance without poor handling in snow. Why buy an AWD if the OEM tires no va (remember Chevy Nova?) in winter?
More: at 25K the Duelers were worn, wear bars up to tread. 25K wear !!!
Replaced with Michelin Symmetrys that DO perform.
Better all season tires that at least are not "poor" in snow.