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Good Colorado SUV but.....
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By Good around town SUV
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Likes: 1. Excellent handling in the snow, passed many 4x4 trucks and SUV's in a blizzard 2. Stylish, a head turner 3. Big moonroof 4. Fuel economy averages 25 MPG 5. Practical for a 1-2 child family 6. Great cornering and u-turns. Dislikes: 1. Interior is VERY cheap, especially center armrest; small glove box too 2. Fabric already coming away from rear seat reclining button 3. Little storage and poorly designed cup holders 4. SAT radio and I-pod not compatible together, 1 or the other 5. 4 speed automatic, a brick in the mountains and poor mileage at 75 MPH.


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My auto transmission has 5 speeds
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By Barry
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/All Weather, Premium Pkg, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I wanted to comment about the complaints regarding the use of a 4- speed auto transmission instead of 5- speeds in the Forester 2.5X AT. I have tested it, counted shifts and watched tach, and my AT definitely has 5 gears. It does not shift into 5th gear until about 60 mph if the engine is cold, but if warmed up and driving on a flat surface, the 5th gear will engage as low as 35-40 mph as long as you are not heavy on the gas pedal. Regardless of what the 09 Forester owners manual says, the dealership confirmed that the AT is really a 4-speed with an overdrive. Could this be something the assembly line changed mid-year? Mine was one of last 2009s to come off the assembly line in Dec. 2008.


Best Features

First and foremost, high visibility while driving, instead of a rounded, low-profile roofline like other vehicles. Auto-dimming compass mirror is a big plus if you commute while it is dark like I do. Rear cargo compartment will fit a full-sized spare if you choose. Highway noise minimal.


Worst Features

Cargo area is slanted (sloped) and should be more flat. Should have a permanently mounted front bracket for license plate - I had to retrofit one from another car for this. Premium package should include mud guards and wheel well guards.


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One month
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By steve
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Wanted to respond to recent comments. I have only had this vehicle one month, having owned both 05 Outback and 06 Tribeca and, combined, put on 105k miles over a period of approx 3 years. I am somewhat disappointed with the "road noise" and the not too soft ride. mpg about what expected, averaging 24 mpg so far.


Best Features

Great appearance, very roomy inside, love the huge sunroof, radio "ok" except that you cannot use the rear speakers as much to balance the sound, if you put on too much "rear": you can barely hear the speakers. Great visibility all around.


Worst Features

Poor location of heated seat switch, should have auto on/off headlights. Center console kind of "funky". Too much hard plastic on dash and side panels


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Nice vehicle
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By Happy with Subaru
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/All Weather, Premium Pkg, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Read many reviews before purchasing our 2nd Subaru, saw many great plus several poor ones but purchased anyway. We are very pleased with the Forester; great ride, rear seat wide and deep enough for our 3 growing boys, fuel economy much better than advertised (24 mpg city so far even with less than 100 miles on it) with MT. Seems to me that most complaints involve the turbo models and the 4AT transmission so avoid those and this is a GREAT vehicle. Looks very sharp equipped with the rugged package. Invoice pricing at start nice change from most dealers even in this economy who still think they can ask for sticker!


Best Features

AWD, MT, huge sunroof, heated seats w/o requiring leather, roomier front and back seats, quieter interior than previous Subarus. Also enjoying getting better MPG than the EPA said!


Worst Features

Better placement of heated seat buttons, make nicer stereo available on ALL trim levels. Make bluetooth available on upper trims with MT.


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One month, 2500 miles
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By steve
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This is my third Subaru. Have had 05 Outback 2.5 and 06 Tribeca. My biggest complaint -- regulating the heat is virtually impossible! I don't like a lot of heat coming out but you either get none, or way too much. I also do not like the materials used in the interior, I am sure they will show wear and tare shortly. The seats are fine, I am talking more about the trim on door panels, etc. The center console is not the greatest either. Actual MPG since I purchased vehicle 24.2, per computer 24.4. I hope when vehicle broken in it will improve somewhat. Exterior is great, lots of room on inside. One more thing, cabin could be a little quieter. Too noisy on the highway.


Best Features

AWD, reasonable mpg, bluetooth works great (better than my Nissan I had before), radio "ok" great visibility, excellent storage, unfortunately no snow any longer (live near Providence, RI) so will have to wait until next year but should be fine.


Worst Features

Difficult to control heat (although you get plenty if you want it). Should have 5 speed tranny, poor location for switch heated seats (although once you know where they are should not be a problem). Should have auto headlights. Nav system WAY TOO BRIGHT in map mode at night.


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