We've had small SUVs/CUVs since the first ones came onto the scene. This time it was between newest CR-V, Outlander, or Forester. Didn't like weird styling which sacrificed utility/visibility on new CR-V, couldn't find right color/options/price combo on Outlander, but we instantly loved the simple, stylish, and useful design of the new Forester. Even in "base" trim, has the features you need and many you'll want -- all at a great price. Peppier with manual shift, and improved in every way. Great interior room and visibility, nice style inside and out. More mainstream than ever, but better for it!
Simple, elegant style and controls, all safety features standard (VDC, traction control, all airbags, ABS, etc), great interior room and visibility, smooth ride, nice mainstream styling inside and out, best MPG and AWD in its class.
A few nits: would like adjustable rear seatbacks on base model and nicer standard steel wheels. Otherwise, near-perfect for its intended use and market.
I did a bunch of research before buying this vehicle and I was a bit hesitant buying a transition year. Don't hesitate. If you are thinking about this car run to your dealer, test drive it an pick your options. I was lucky enough to find a manual base model with the PZEV option. Without boring you with the technical details the bottom line is that the emissions from this car are almost the same as a Hybrid and only costs a few hundred dollars more. I have been averaging 28 MPG doing serious mountain driving. Up and down passes dirt roads etc. It handles everything effortlessly. So save the extra 10 grand and buy a Forester PZEV. NOt to mention the ongoing expense of batteries,tires.
Fit and feel features like the steering wheel, seats, easy open rear hatch. Zippy 4 cylinder boxer engine. MPG. Handling. Overall room especially in the rear seats. I pod connection. Clearance. Styling.
Better base stereo. But you can tweak the adjustments to make it work. Other than that they have nailed this vehicle. This is the best designed and built vehicle for $20,000 I have owned.
I'm used to full size pickup truck but with gas prices being the way they are decided to test drive the Forester. So far I'm very happy with my purchase. Getting like 24.5 mpg combined according to trip computer, 27-28 highway. for a little car it has enough room for hauling a good amount of stuff. I'm 6 foot tall and with the 09 I was able to adjust driver seat to comfortable position then got in the back seat and was still comfy at least for short rides. Haven't had bad weather since I've owned it but it feels nimble when driving. No it's not a Hemi but does a great job for a commuter car and loaded even for base model. And lots of room.
Included add ons, driver adjustable seat, CD player. Loaded with options from the get go. Very few add ons needed after.
Very little improvement is really needed already very nicely equipped for the price.
Went to the Subaru dealership to test-drive an Impreza. Left with a 2009 Forester. After purchasing and then reading reviews, I was leery of mpg. Today, I averaged 27mpg. How can you complain about that with an SUV? Solid vehicle all around.
Comfortable seats, moon roof, mpg.
Some plastic interior parts could be improved; then again, they're easy to wipe down.