The car, Subaru Forester 2015 has a 'strange' habit of the engine not turning over but not flooding or grinding. This is an irregular happening, but often enough to be a scary pain. It is not related to time of day or weather. The dealership could find no problem. Well I said it was irregular. It can happen after I have been driving for awhile or first thing in the morning. The Blue Tooth will accept incoming calls but I can not give verbal commands to make a call. I must pull over to the side of the road and dial via my cell, then listen through the ' radio.' Another annoyance
We've had this car for 8 weeks, bought to replace our 2004 XT. It's astounding how far technology and design has improved. The car is so much more comfortable than the 2004 , especially
for 4 passengers. The Forester greenhouse has been preserved, which makes it one of the easiest cars to drive. The Eyesight system , with adaptive cruise control, object detection and automatic speed reduction works extremely well and very smoothly. The ride is a bit hard, not unexpected in a AWD small SUV with lots of ground clearance and sport rims and tires. The touchscreen MMI is simply awful...I cant believe Subaru fell short on this while doing so well on everything else.
UPDATE: After 2 years plus of ownership, we are still very happy with this car. Great for city, road trips, hauling dogs and kayaks, kids to college. So far no mechanical or electric issues or repairs. MMI is still frustrating.
1 month in, 2600 miles so far no regrets with my 2015 Subaru Forester XT Premium. My overall fuel economy since purchase says 26.8 mpg. I've had full tank reports of as high as 33. I mostly run mid-grade (89) and throw in a tank of premium every third fill up or so. In short you can get really good mileage if you drive conservatively. It does drop off pretty fast if you like to get into the turbo frequently. But even on tanks where I've "played" more, I still was in the 24+ mpg overall.
I love the turbo power when I need it. Car is very comfortable for a CUV. Visibility is the best of an CUV in my opinion.
This is my 4th Subaru. I also had a 2009 Forester and it was a great car.
The 2015 is quite a step-up.
The CVT is an excellent transmission and I regulary get 34 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg around town.
The Subaru Forester is unstoppable in the mountains of western Washington.
The 8.7" of ground clearance allows the car to be driven almost anywhere.
The Premium package is simply amazing for comfort and quality.
The Forester is quiet and easy to drive.
Passengers in rear find ample leg room.
The storage is quite good for hauling things.
The trailer towing capabilities are limited but that's why I have Toyota Tundra. Long road trips are easy on the back with adjustable lum
I keep seeing reviews of this car, saying that it is too spartan.
To be honest, I only need that and nothing more.
There are things that regardless of money, you simply can't find anywhere else aside from the Forester and those things are: easily the best visibility of any vehicule I've ever driven; best AWD system, best fuel economy for an AWD compact SUV, best safety rating in its class, among the most spacious compact SUV, having among the biggest panoramic sunroof. For those reasons alone, I'm extremely happy with my purchase!
Honestly, I don't want to pay more for a name or for gadgets that would not make a difference if there's a snowstorm outside and that I needed to go somwhere.