2006 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2006 Forester X

2006 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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2006 Forester X
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I traded in my 1998 Jeep Cherokee for the Forester. It was getting a little tired and I wanted something that would get better fuel economy and still have some off road capability. I wasn't disappointed in these 2 respects. The highway mileage is outstanding (31.6 on a recent trip) and the Forester is astonishing off road in deep sand and even climbing sand hills that we have out here in west Texas. It does however have a couple of annoying problems with the drivetrain management as mentioned in other Forester reviews. Those are the engine revving very high on cold starts and the drivetrain jerk at low speeds. Also the engine has a distinct lack of low end power in my opinion.

Best Features

Excellent off road capability and gas mileage.

Worst Features

Refine the engine management controls and give the engine a bit more low end power.
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