2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: No issues after a year of driv

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5X Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic w/VDC)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
No issues after a year of driving
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


I bought the car shortly after it came out. I wanted to wait at least a year before I submitted a review. So far I love the forester and have no regrets. I test drove the Rav4 and the mazda CX7 and felt the forester was the better car. Fuel consumption has been a bit disappointing. I am getting an average of 18mpg in mostly city driving. I have not experienced the rattling that was mentioned before however, I find the location for the heated seats very inconvenient. With the limited you get 2 additional speakers to which I added the optional subwoofer. Even so the sound is mediocre at best. Overall, the forester is not perfect. However, you get a lot for the money.

Best Features

Huge sunroof. Ground clearance with full time all wheel drive. Soft comfortable ride. Lots of utility.

Worst Features

Move the heated seats buttons to the front. Replace the 4 speed auto with the CVT. Cheap interior plastics. Poor speakers.
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