2004 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Subaru 2.5 XT

2004 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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


I think this is an AWESOME vehicle. It
has great handling characteristics for
a "wagon" b/c of the WRX underpinnings.
The motor is, frankly, stronger than
the WRX in all meaningful measures.
(It's a 2.5 vs. the 2.0 for the WRX.)
Subaru gets 300 HP from this basic
setup in the STi, and if you want to,
for $4K more you can duplicate that
performance with bolt-on stuff. Very
solidly built.Shifting is smooth,
interior fit and finish great. Drive by
wire makes a real difference.

Best Features

Power, handling, versatility, size. Hill holding feature is also a great feature. Small external "footprint" coupled w/ relatively roomy interior, and 4-wheel drive "stickiness" in all weather.

Worst Features

Provide power seats, leather, and a sunroof in the manual transmission version. Also would like a cassette in the stereo to "plug-in" stuff like mp3 players and XM radios.
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