This is a wise choice for a small SUV.
It handles surprisly well on the road
and has very good visability. I didn't
expect as much quickness from a four
cylinder. Decline the winter package
and buy a remote starter.
The ground clearance, safety rating,
visability, gas mileage, internal spare
tire, rear hatch raises instead of
opening to the side like the CRV. small
compartments to store CDs and sun
More power is always invited, and the
interior is no frills, the back seats
are small so that when a car seat is
intalled the fronts have nowhere to
Great handling for an AWD vehicle.
Great visibility, headroom (I'm 6'4"),
and front-seat legroom. Excellent
cornering. Could use a tad more
passing acceleration, but it's only a 4-
cyl, and is fine. Liked the pre-2003
exterior styling more (was more
unique), now it looks like a Honda.
Front-seat roominess & visibility and
A bit more engine pep. I understand
the '04 is adding an optional turbo-
charged engine, which probably takes
care of that
The height of the vehicle is great to
get in and out of the vehicle. I find
the get up and go a little sluggish,
especially on a fresh start/pull out.
The feel of driving is fun and
enjoyable on long trips. The cargo area
is extremely handy in comparison to a
standard car with a trunk.
Cargo bay and lots of storage
Need light in the glove box, lighted
mirror on passanger sun flap and
compartment for CD cases
I did the research and study on several
SUV models and test drove several,
including the Forester. My wife had her
heart set on a Forester but I was not
yet convinced this was the best choice.
Knowing this was her car we negotiated
a deal and purchaced a 2003 Forester.
The longer I drive it the more I'm
convinced we made the right choice. Our
fuel milage has been averaging 26-29mpg
and it's a pleasure to drive.
The Forester seems a little small for me
but not bad, and it's a perfect fit for
auto dimming rear view mirror. (I would
have never thought it important but now
I'm spoiled by it)
maybe a little more arm and shoulder
room for us bigger guys and when my back
aches I could use a bit more lumbar
support then given by the seat.
I am totally pleased with this car, it's great. I
am 6'4 and my wife is 5'6 so we were looking
for a car that would fit us both. It had to be
roomy to travel in and I have this thing about
simplicity and sturdiness. This has been an
excellent choice. I love the zippiness of the
Forester, it really has a bunch of pick up.
Definetly get the 5 speed Manual.
We have about 10,000 miles on it and it has
proven to be reliable and fun to drive. You can
get this car for less than $18,000 if you wheel
and deal right.Subaru should offer leather and
sunroof on 5 speed manual.
Fun to drive, feels very zippy. Great stock tires
(Yokahama). The dependability of Subaru.
AWD is excellent! Feels stable on
slippery roads. Antilock brakes standard. The
body style is very user friendly. Is a great deal
for the price.
Body feels like tin and dents easily. A mid
door body strip would help protect the body
from parking lot dings.
More fun gadgets on the interior. Only has one
auto window setting (drivers side window goes
down automatically with one push). Windows
should have an auto up/down feature