Well, the vehicle is great it feels
very stable when you drive, it
responds quickly, the brakes respond
well, the manueverability is very
In terms of snowy weather, you have to
try to spin out or fishtail, it will
spin out and/or fishtail but you
really have to push it.
My mother drives a Mercedes ML500 2004
and when she stepped in my car she
loved the feeling of it and she felt
safe in the car.
I have the lowest model, but i believe
the highest model is quite a car,
leather interior and the dealership
said the top of the line Forrester
beats the Impreza WRX in the quarter
mile or was it the STI (for some
reason i doubt the claim).
four wheel drive, the comfort inside,
and the manuevering capabilities, also
the cargo space is spacious enough for
The interior and the doors are rather
cheap, i'd say increase the price a
little bit and make the interior and
the structure of the car a bit more
stable. Also a good armrest would be
This car is a lot of fun to drive. It's
a lot quicker than I thought it would
be and it handles snow and ice very
well. I'm starting to see a lot more of
them around, so word is getting out
about what a great car this is.
Engine is more powerful than I
expected. I also love the dash. The
motorcycle style cluster is great.
Darker gray interior would help hide
dirt. The shifter is a little rubbery
and the engine sounds a bit rough.
As a paramedic buying a new car for my
wife, safety was the #1 concern. I have
seen it after an accident and the
car / passenger held up quite well
(even after rolling over 5-6 times off
a freeway overpass at freeway speed!).
With many included saftey features this
car will protect you if you are
involved in an accident and will also
provide you with the means, through
great handling, to avoid an accident.
Of course it is beautiful, built like a
tank, fun to drive, and it is not a
dime a dozen car. This car has the
safety of a Volvo with the reliability
of a Honda, all for 20K. You can't go
Safe, Safe, Safe. Fun to drive. Build
quality. Cool bed feature. (after
removing head rest lay the front seat
all the way back until it is flush with
the rear seat)
Litle tight in the rear seats with
front seat all the way back
Researched competing models and found
Forester to be best value for the
money. Bought it as a second car and
now it is our favorite. Great for
highway and around town. Pulls our
boats with no problem. With a luggage
box on top carried all our gear, two
adults, two kids and a dog across four
states and back. Subaru reliability
was a big decision factor, being fun to
drive cinched the deal.
Five speed transmission lets the driver
optimize the power of the 2.5L engine.
Good power to weight ratio. Well
designed interior in both passenger and
cargo areas. Storage bins/ cubbies,
cruise control, height adjustable
driver seat, are well designed.
Better cup holders for back seat,
better front seat arm rest, and put the
turbo in the base model. Otherwise a
great fun car.