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Used 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium SUV Review

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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium SUV

  • Do you need a crossover that can handle whatever life throws at it? The 2017 Subaru Forester delivers with standard all-wheel drive, a roomy interior and plenty of ground clearance for off-road excursions. You can even add a turbocharged engine, or stick with the base engine for better fuel economy. Let's take a look at the Forester's full range of talents.

  • Pros

    Airy interior with plenty of room for adults in both seating rows; impressive fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive crossover; optional turbocharged engine provides spirited acceleration; above-average off-road ability; advanced safety features.

  • Cons

    Doesn't feel as sporty around turns as some rivals; continuously variable transmission (CVT) may seem less responsive and refined than a conventional automatic.

  • What's New for 2017

    The 2017 Forester receives numerous updates, starting with wider feature availability, additional noise insulation and quicker steering response. The enhanced EyeSight safety system adds lane-departure intervention and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, while automatic high-beam headlight control is newly available, as are adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking. Styling revisions include new headlights and taillights, plus a freshened front end and grille. The Premium trim level gets a standard rear spoiler, and the Touring can be had with a heated steering wheel and a brown leather interior with contrasting stitching.

Review

Although the 2017 Subaru Forester doesn't represent a full redesign, Subaru has introduced a number of changes aimed at keeping this crossover fresh. For one thing, we're down a "Con" from last year thanks to the newly available blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, while the optional EyeSight safety package adds upgraded cameras for improved accuracy as well as -- except on the Premium trim -- reverse automatic braking and adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams. For another, all Foresters are treated to mild but noticeable exterior styling revisions, along with extra sound-deadening measures for more refined cruising. You can even specify a "Saddle Brown" leather interior on the Touring trim, a nod to the growing demand for luxury in this traditionally pragmatic segment.

Updates to the 2017 Forester include revised front-end styling that varies slightly between trim levels, with the 2.5i Touring shown here.

At heart, however, this remains the same Forester that's been with us since 2014, which is generally a good thing. Most Foresters will be equipped with Subaru's CVT, which improves fuel economy significantly but might take some getting used to if you're coming from a traditional automatic. Of course, every Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive -- a Subaru hallmark -- and if the base four-cylinder engine doesn't get your heart pumping, there's an optional turbocharged engine that produces the quickest acceleration in this class. We're also fans of the airy cabin and excellent visibility afforded by the Forester's large windows, and there's plenty of space for both people and cargo.

If you're shopping for a small crossover SUV, the question isn't what's wrong with the 2017 Forester, because the answer is "not much." Rather, it's a question of priorities. The Honda CR-V is exceptionally well-rounded and always a perennial favorite with consumers. It's a similar story with the Toyota RAV4, though its fuel economy isn't quite as good. If you want a sportier driving experience, the Mazda CX-5 remains our top pick, while the new 2017 Kia Sportage delivers distinctive style, good value and a comparable two-engine lineup. But with its various upgrades this year, the 2017 Subaru Forester can stake a legitimate claim to leadership, even with such distinguished rivals to consider.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2017 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover available in six trim levels. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring all come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All models are all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Subaru's Starlink technology interface, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system with HD radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

Optional for the base 2.5i (with the CVT) is an Alloy Wheel package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and auto-up/down front windows.

Those items come standard on the 2.5i Premium, which further adds body-color side mirrors, rear privacy glass, a rear roof spoiler, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a rear armrest with cupholders, reclining rear seatbacks, automatic climate control, a larger 7-inch touchscreen, voice commands, Starlink Safety and Security telematics (see Safety section below) and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and dual USB ports. An All-Weather package (heated side mirrors and heated front seats) is standard if the manual transmission is specified, but it's an extra-cost option with the CVT.

When the 2.5i Premium is optioned with the EyeSight safety package (see Safety section below), it also adds an upgraded instrument cluster, foglights and an adjustable-height power liftgate. The CVT is required for EyeSight eligibility, however.

The 2.5i Limited comes with the All-Weather package, CVT, foglights and a power liftgate as standard, and it further adds automatic headlights, upgraded side mirrors with integrated turn signals, different dashboard trim, leather upholstery and a cargo area tray.

When the 2.5i Limited is optioned with EyeSight, it adds the upgraded instrument cluster and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control.

At the top of the 2.5i line is the 2.5i Touring with 18-inch alloy wheels, the adaptive LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, the upgraded instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory settings, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system (optional on 2.5i Limited) and one-touch folding rear seatbacks.

The optional Saddle Brown leather interior is a Forester first for 2017.

When the 2.5i Touring is optioned with EyeSight, it adds the auto high beams and a heated steering wheel. A Saddle Brown leather interior is also optional.

Moving to the 2.0XT Premium brings all the equipment of the 2.5i Premium plus the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and CVT, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, the All-Weather package and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Note that the EyeSight package is not available on this model.

The 2.0XT Touring offers the same upgrades as the 2.5i Touring, plus the 2.5i Limited's upgraded dashboard trim. It offers the same EyeSight package as its non-turbocharged counterpart.

Auto-dimming mirrors are optional for all Foresters. Optional on 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium and both Touring trims is a navigation system with voice controls.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2017 Subaru Foresters come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and all 2.0XT models have an additional driver-selectable mode that optimizes various functions to improve traction on slippery surfaces. These models also include hill descent control.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims, with a CVT optional. The higher trims are CVT only.

The EPA rates CVT-equipped 2.5i models at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway), slightly improved for 2017 and laudable numbers indeed for an all-wheel-drive crossover. The manual transmission is a bit less fuel-efficient. In Edmunds testing, a CVT-equipped Forester 2.5i Limited accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is about average for a base-engine AWD crossover in this segment.

Stronger performance is available if you choose the 2.0XT. Its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder churns out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes only with the CVT. In Edmunds testing, a Forester 2.0XT Touring accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is exceptionally quick for this type of vehicle. The 2.0XT also looks good on the fuel economy front at an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (23 city/27 highway), but our test vehicle struggled to match these numbers in real-world driving. The other downside is that the 2.0XT can tow just 1,500 pounds -- same as the base Forester.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a rearview camera are standard on all 2017 Subaru Foresters. An upgraded traction control system (X-Mode) with hill descent control is standard on all CVT-equipped models for 2017. Additionally, the 2017 2.0XT Touring with EyeSight inherits an advanced active torque-vectoring system from the high-performance Subaru WRX and WRX STI, promising more neutral and accurate handling in corners.

The Starlink Safety and Security telematics system, which is standard for most Foresters, includes emergency assistance, automatic collision notification and various remote services (door unlocking, vehicle location services, stolen vehicle recovery and alarm notification).

The EyeSight safety package is offered on all but the base Forester, but it comes in a couple different permutations. When added to the 2.5i Premium model, its safety items include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking. When added to the 2.5i Limited or 2.0XT Touring, it also includes reverse automatic braking (to prevent collisions while backing up). Further trim-specific differences among EyeSight-equipped models are noted above in Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Forester 2.0XT stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, a good number for this class. A Forester 2.5i made this same stop in 126 feet, which is a little longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2017 Subaru Forester's cabin provides enough visual appeal to keep pace with other affordable crossovers, though the overall look follows Subaru's simple-is-better design philosophy. But that doesn't mean it's sparsely equipped; on the contrary, even the base 2.5i comes with a touchscreen that includes smartphone app integration, while the larger 7-inch screen gets upgraded graphics and allows you to use intuitive pinch-and-expand finger movements to zoom in or out.

The Forester continues to shine when it comes to functionality. Elevated stadium-type rear seating enhances thigh support and legroom and affords a better view. This sense of space is reinforced by large windows all around and a huge cargo hold that yields 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. The latter is nearly 4 more cubic feet than the Honda CR-V, which has traditionally been at the head of this class. The caveat is that you'll need to stick to the base model if you want the big numbers, as models with the panoramic sunroof drop to 31.5/68.5 cubic feet due to a lower roof height.

Driving Impressions

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i won't set any speed records with its 170 horses, and while the CVT performs well for the breed, it produces a telltale high-rpm drone during hard acceleration and lacks the responsiveness of a good conventional automatic. Still, the 2.5i's remarkable fuel economy should hold appeal for most buyers, and it's also the only way to go if you want the manual transmission. As for the 2.0XT's turbocharged engine, it's an exceptionally strong performer; you'll notice a real difference, especially if you drive a lot on hilly or high-altitude terrain.

Thanks to a powerful turbocharged engine, the 2.0XT Touring model shown here provides the quickest acceleration in this class.

Around town and on the highway, the Forester serves up a comfortable and quiet ride. It's really just on curvy roads that its tall height and compliant suspension become liabilities, as it's simply not as capable or nimble as some rivals. You do get an extra dollop of off-road capability with the Forester, though, thanks to generous ground clearance and the advanced "X Mode" traction control system with hill-descent control.

Full Edmunds Expert Review: 2017 Subaru Forester SUV

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Forester receives numerous updates, starting with wider feature availability, additional noise insulation and quicker steering response. The enhanced EyeSight safety system adds lane-departure intervention and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, while automatic high-beam headlight control is newly available, as are adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking. Styling revisions include new headlights and taillights, plus a freshened front end and grille. The Premium trim level gets a standard rear spoiler, and the Touring can be had with a heated steering wheel and a brown leather interior with contrasting stitching.

Introduction

Although the 2017 Subaru Forester doesn't represent a full redesign, Subaru has introduced a number of changes aimed at keeping this crossover fresh. For one thing, we're down a "Con" from last year thanks to the newly available blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, while the optional EyeSight safety package adds upgraded cameras for improved accuracy as well as -- except on the Premium trim -- reverse automatic braking and adaptive LED headlights with auto high beams. For another, all Foresters are treated to mild but noticeable exterior styling revisions, along with extra sound-deadening measures for more refined cruising. You can even specify a "Saddle Brown" leather interior on the Touring trim, a nod to the growing demand for luxury in this traditionally pragmatic segment.

Updates to the 2017 Forester include revised front-end styling that varies slightly between trim levels, with the 2.5i Touring shown here.

At heart, however, this remains the same Forester that's been with us since 2014, which is generally a good thing. Most Foresters will be equipped with Subaru's CVT, which improves fuel economy significantly but might take some getting used to if you're coming from a traditional automatic. Of course, every Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive -- a Subaru hallmark -- and if the base four-cylinder engine doesn't get your heart pumping, there's an optional turbocharged engine that produces the quickest acceleration in this class. We're also fans of the airy cabin and excellent visibility afforded by the Forester's large windows, and there's plenty of space for both people and cargo.

If you're shopping for a small crossover SUV, the question isn't what's wrong with the 2017 Forester, because the answer is "not much." Rather, it's a question of priorities. The Honda CR-V is exceptionally well-rounded and always a perennial favorite with consumers. It's a similar story with the Toyota RAV4, though its fuel economy isn't quite as good. If you want a sportier driving experience, the Mazda CX-5 remains our top pick, while the new 2017 Kia Sportage delivers distinctive style, good value and a comparable two-engine lineup. But with its various upgrades this year, the 2017 Subaru Forester can stake a legitimate claim to leadership, even with such distinguished rivals to consider.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2017 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover available in six trim levels. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 2.5i Touring all come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All models are all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 2.5i includes 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Subaru's Starlink technology interface, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system with HD radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

Optional for the base 2.5i (with the CVT) is an Alloy Wheel package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and auto-up/down front windows.

Those items come standard on the 2.5i Premium, which further adds body-color side mirrors, rear privacy glass, a rear roof spoiler, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a rear armrest with cupholders, reclining rear seatbacks, automatic climate control, a larger 7-inch touchscreen, voice commands, Starlink Safety and Security telematics (see Safety section below) and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and dual USB ports. An All-Weather package (heated side mirrors and heated front seats) is standard if the manual transmission is specified, but it's an extra-cost option with the CVT.

When the 2.5i Premium is optioned with the EyeSight safety package (see Safety section below), it also adds an upgraded instrument cluster, foglights and an adjustable-height power liftgate. The CVT is required for EyeSight eligibility, however.

The 2.5i Limited comes with the All-Weather package, CVT, foglights and a power liftgate as standard, and it further adds automatic headlights, upgraded side mirrors with integrated turn signals, different dashboard trim, leather upholstery and a cargo area tray.

When the 2.5i Limited is optioned with EyeSight, it adds the upgraded instrument cluster and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control.

At the top of the 2.5i line is the 2.5i Touring with 18-inch alloy wheels, the adaptive LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, the upgraded instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory settings, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system (optional on 2.5i Limited) and one-touch folding rear seatbacks.

The optional Saddle Brown leather interior is a Forester first for 2017.

When the 2.5i Touring is optioned with EyeSight, it adds the auto high beams and a heated steering wheel. A Saddle Brown leather interior is also optional.

Moving to the 2.0XT Premium brings all the equipment of the 2.5i Premium plus the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and CVT, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, the All-Weather package and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Note that the EyeSight package is not available on this model.

The 2.0XT Touring offers the same upgrades as the 2.5i Touring, plus the 2.5i Limited's upgraded dashboard trim. It offers the same EyeSight package as its non-turbocharged counterpart.

Auto-dimming mirrors are optional for all Foresters. Optional on 2.5i Limited, 2.0XT Premium and both Touring trims is a navigation system with voice controls.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2017 Subaru Foresters come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring and all 2.0XT models have an additional driver-selectable mode that optimizes various functions to improve traction on slippery surfaces. These models also include hill descent control.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims, with a CVT optional. The higher trims are CVT only.

The EPA rates CVT-equipped 2.5i models at 28 mpg combined (26 city/32 highway), slightly improved for 2017 and laudable numbers indeed for an all-wheel-drive crossover. The manual transmission is a bit less fuel-efficient. In Edmunds testing, a CVT-equipped Forester 2.5i Limited accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is about average for a base-engine AWD crossover in this segment.

Stronger performance is available if you choose the 2.0XT. Its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder churns out 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes only with the CVT. In Edmunds testing, a Forester 2.0XT Touring accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is exceptionally quick for this type of vehicle. The 2.0XT also looks good on the fuel economy front at an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (23 city/27 highway), but our test vehicle struggled to match these numbers in real-world driving. The other downside is that the 2.0XT can tow just 1,500 pounds -- same as the base Forester.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a rearview camera are standard on all 2017 Subaru Foresters. An upgraded traction control system (X-Mode) with hill descent control is standard on all CVT-equipped models for 2017. Additionally, the 2017 2.0XT Touring with EyeSight inherits an advanced active torque-vectoring system from the high-performance Subaru WRX and WRX STI, promising more neutral and accurate handling in corners.

The Starlink Safety and Security telematics system, which is standard for most Foresters, includes emergency assistance, automatic collision notification and various remote services (door unlocking, vehicle location services, stolen vehicle recovery and alarm notification).

The EyeSight safety package is offered on all but the base Forester, but it comes in a couple different permutations. When added to the 2.5i Premium model, its safety items include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking. When added to the 2.5i Limited or 2.0XT Touring, it also includes reverse automatic braking (to prevent collisions while backing up). Further trim-specific differences among EyeSight-equipped models are noted above in Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Forester 2.0XT stopped from 60 mph in 119 feet, a good number for this class. A Forester 2.5i made this same stop in 126 feet, which is a little longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2017 Subaru Forester's cabin provides enough visual appeal to keep pace with other affordable crossovers, though the overall look follows Subaru's simple-is-better design philosophy. But that doesn't mean it's sparsely equipped; on the contrary, even the base 2.5i comes with a touchscreen that includes smartphone app integration, while the larger 7-inch screen gets upgraded graphics and allows you to use intuitive pinch-and-expand finger movements to zoom in or out.

The Forester continues to shine when it comes to functionality. Elevated stadium-type rear seating enhances thigh support and legroom and affords a better view. This sense of space is reinforced by large windows all around and a huge cargo hold that yields 34.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded. The latter is nearly 4 more cubic feet than the Honda CR-V, which has traditionally been at the head of this class. The caveat is that you'll need to stick to the base model if you want the big numbers, as models with the panoramic sunroof drop to 31.5/68.5 cubic feet due to a lower roof height.

Driving Impressions

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i won't set any speed records with its 170 horses, and while the CVT performs well for the breed, it produces a telltale high-rpm drone during hard acceleration and lacks the responsiveness of a good conventional automatic. Still, the 2.5i's remarkable fuel economy should hold appeal for most buyers, and it's also the only way to go if you want the manual transmission. As for the 2.0XT's turbocharged engine, it's an exceptionally strong performer; you'll notice a real difference, especially if you drive a lot on hilly or high-altitude terrain.

Thanks to a powerful turbocharged engine, the 2.0XT Touring model shown here provides the quickest acceleration in this class.

Around town and on the highway, the Forester serves up a comfortable and quiet ride. It's really just on curvy roads that its tall height and compliant suspension become liabilities, as it's simply not as capable or nimble as some rivals. You do get an extra dollop of off-road capability with the Forester, though, thanks to generous ground clearance and the advanced "X Mode" traction control system with hill-descent control.

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Great car

by Jack on Feb 21, 2020
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Subaru is a very reliable car. It is easier to get into if you have a disability than most Suv's




Kathy from sackets

by Kathy from Sackets on Nov 17, 2019
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

Best car I have ever owned, and I have been driving and buying cars since 1965. This car handles great in winter conditions, and all year. It has alot of pep. I can pass with confidence. Also, good visibility to see outside my car.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not what it used to be!

by Kremp on Oct 16, 2019
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

I leased a 2017 Forester Premium model and it is probably the worst new car I've ever gotten. Much worse than the 2009 model that I had previously owned. Completely underpowered, or is it just that the CVT transmission is one of the worse gearboxes on the market? Terrible handling and body roll on the highway. Unimpressive MPG for the lack of performance. My BMW 5-Series gets the same MPG with much better acceleration and handling. My son's VW GTI gets waaaay better MPG with rapid acceleration and great handling! After I brought it home, I made my son drive it for several months and he hated it. My wife finally drew the short stick and got stuck driving it. We couldn't even wait until the end of the lease and leased a Honda a couple of months before the Forester lease was up - what a relief! To top it all off, Subaru charges a rediculous "disposition fee" of $300 plus tax to give it back. That's the only car I've ever leased that charges a disposition fee. For a "Limited" trim level, no dual climate control, no rear-seat climate control, no automatic locking and unlocking doors (when you put in drive or park). No Apple/Android Car-Play. Positives: Pretty big sun roof, good ground clearance (not as good as my truck), and the best thing about Forester's is great visibility with virtually no blind spots - but this is less of a draw now with back-up cameras and other safety notification features. Don't buy a 2017 for sure!




Love my subaru

by Tammy on Oct 10, 2019
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Ask if there have been any issues with water coming in the passenger front compartment from under the dash. Had a leak within the first few months and they never did find out where it came from. Fired the entertainment system.




Love my forester

by girlscout on Sep 12, 2019
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

very low mileage



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2017 - 2.5i

by Allison Renee on Sep 3, 2019
Vehicle: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

I rounded up as it scores 5 stars in most categories. Fuel economy is very good, visibility excellent, seat comfort is good but has room for improvement. The handling and ride is good for what it is. Climate controls are easy to use, the display screen is very good. This month 9-19 is the third year of driving her, but being low mileage drivers we have only put on 13,500 miles so far. The only problem we have had was the air conditioner compressor, it went bad and was replaced by the dealer under warranty. The dealer service dept. has been very good. I see some say it lacks power, but if I compare it to some of the cars we had in the 90's it does quite well and I would say more than adequate power for city driving, and highway. I have driven it on short 100 mile trips on the interstates of western Pa, and it handles the rolling hills well. I have not driven it at high altitude or on mountain roads so it might fall short there. The CVT transmission works well for us, but took a little getting use to. I love the ride height of the vehicle as it is very easy to get in and out of. If I were to change anything it would be the seats to something more comfortable. I don't know maybe the higher end models have better seats. Ours is a lease with 6 months left and we are seriously thinking of buying it at lease end.



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