2005 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2nd Subaru in the family

2005 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XS Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic w/Moonroof)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
2nd Subaru in the family
By Joe Popsy on


2005 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Moonroof (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


This is the 2nd Forester in the
family; my father has the other one.
Cross shopped the CR-V. Forester
feels more 'solid'. Open and close
the doors, grab the seats, touch the
controls; this is a well made
vehicle. Driving around in the
vehicle, you really feel connected to
the road; it handles corners nicely
and feels confident. The 2.5l engine
(non turbo) is perfectly fine for
every day driving; no it won't pin you
to the back of the seat but then again
I didn't buy a vehicle like this for
that reason either. You want
acceptable performance, reliability,
good resale, solid build, and nice
mileage? Buy a Subaru Forester. Oh,
the moonroof if you can afford it is

Best Features

Moonroof , auto-climate control, gauge clusters, steering wheel (leather trimmed standard and nice/beefy feeling), solid 'thunk' when closing doors, side air bags, fog lights, heated mirrors and wipers.

Worst Features

Get rid of the storage box in the center of the dash. Even empty it rattles a bit just by its nature of being hard plastic hinged on hard plastic. Wish the dash lit up in another color other then green; seems very nineties to me. Blue or white/natural would have been nice.
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