2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Sleeper

2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XT Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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2004 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Most people think of this vehicle as a soccer mom's grocery getter. If you're looking to impress people at first sight, then this is not the car for you. This car is very practical. Plenty of room for almost everything including 4 adults. Great visibility and very maneuverable in town due to its small turning radius. Excellent comfort. Cabin layout and seats are perfect. Car is very stable, especially for something so high off the ground. 5speed has relatively short throws and the entire shifting process is very smooth. MPG: worst-18 best-26 city-20 hwy-25 mixed-23 Car is geared low for acceleration. At 70mph you're at 3K rpm. Could use a 6-speed for hwy gas mileage

Best Features

Extremely pleasant to live with every day. Extremely fun on country roads. This has no LS1 V8, but in stride, between 3K-5K rpm this engine is a beast. Steering is very direct.

Worst Features

Climate control isn't perfect. Not very aerodynamic so high wind noise at high speed. Small turbo engine-power is low with AC on. Some turbo lag, but definitely not as bad as 2L wrx, and taken care of with some extra down-shifting. Power not matched by brakes or suspension, but they are adequate
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