2005 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: First three days. I'll do a fo

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First three days. I'll do a follow-up
By Ned Sheats on


2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


After driving several co
by Hyundai, Kia, Saturn,and Ford and
finding something missing in each I
drove and then purchased the Forester.
Standard full time AWD not an add on
option was the first selling point. A
6way power seat for my messed up back
was the second. Wasnt available last
year. The points that made
the sale were the handling and power
available due to the low center of
gravity and Turbo Four. Every other SUV
I drove handled like a tub of lard on a
hot stove. The Subee sticks and is
truly a SPORTS utility vehicle. First
distance drive on a 97 degree day with
AC on and facing a 15 mph headwind
returned 23 mpg at 70 mph. I'm

Best Features

The great build quality , there were absolutely NO rattles,added to a really great sound system (one I wont try to improve) and an AC system that can cope with the South Texas summer just add to the pleasure of buying the XT with premium package and several added options for 26,850

Worst Features

The seats need to be a bit softer and maybe a little less wind noise at higher speeds. Suggestions to others...before you buy lower on the food chain try a Subee XT
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