2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Not worth giving up the room f

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5X 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic w/All Weather, Premium Pkg, VDC)

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Not worth giving up the room for mileage
By SubaruAdmirer on


2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/All Weather, Premium Pkg, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


No problem with it so far except gas door release level falling off. Decent acceleration from stop but no power at all on highway especially with ac on, need to drive in "power" mode or else difficult to pass or climb hills. 50/50 mileage averaging 21mpg with the 4spd auto. Will not get the 28mpg+ some claim unless going below 60mph. Not sure about you, but I don't drive on all stretches of country road. A small v6 with a 5 or 6 spd auto would have been better. Interior much smaller than mid-sized SUV with no 3rd row seating. Frankly the only slight increase (15%) in fuel economy was not worth giving up the space and seating option. Overall build feels a bit cheap. Liked our Outback better.

Best Features

Sure footed all wheel drive, large moon roof, nice styling.

Worst Features

5 speed auto trans, bigger engine option, MPG gauge should be real time as well as average, lumbar support for premium pkg.
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