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Pros: Great Stereo Sound
Cons: Premium fuel required by 6 cyl. engine.
Advice: The L.L. Bean Edition with its extra options is worth the price.Very smooth ride. Great sound system with optional CD-Changer Stereo. Seating very comfortable. Engine has excellent response. Brakes are outstanding. Very predictable handling.
Pros: Turbo Engine
Cons: Stock stereo
Advice: Buy oneAmazing acceleration and traction. Turns without leaning and the steering is extremely light and precise. The care goes exactly where you point it and tracks straight and true at any speed.
Cons: none so far.
Advice: Best buy for the priceVery powerful and fun to drive.
Pros: Head room
Cons: Get's dings easy.They need to improve this big time.
Advice: If you don't like dingsGood performance,not great.But that's what I want.I don't want my wife driving our kids in a car with 220hp.The faster the car the more trouble you can get in.This car is good for passing and getting on the parkway.
Pros: The silent and turbine smooth Boxer-6 engine
Cons: The fact that the seat heaters are all or nothing
Advice: Get the H6-3.0; this car needs the power.This wagon can accomodate 5 people, their luggage, and skis for a week-long ski trip. It is exceptionally smooth, well built, and quiet. The H-6 is an exceptional engine that is superior to it's eupropean compition. GM should use Subaru's engines in it's Saab line. I can only imagine it as a Saab Turbo. Overall the Subaru is a better car the Volvo, and it's all-wheel drive system is technically superior to both the Audi and Volvo. This is a great family car, and I would recomend it to and SUV owner as well. Way to go GM for buying Fugi Heavy Industry.
Pros: I finally have a shoulder restraint that doesn't rub my neck - the height of the attachment is adjustable.
Cons: It's just a little small in the seat (I'm plus size) - the seat belt catch (on the driver's right side) rubs my hip until I adjust it out of the way every time.
Advice: Check out the government safety tests - Subaru excells!Zippy and fun. The 4WD holds to the road securely but not obviously. When my Nissan Pathinder was in 4WD and I made low speed turn to park, I could feel it pulling itself thru the turn. The Forrester just feels like I'm driving!
Pros: Functional hood scoupe
Cons: Antenna mounted on the 'A' pillar
Advice: Get to the dealer fast, drive it, buy it!!I am impressed with the acceleration this vehicle offers off the line. You would never guess a vehicle with all wheel drive could accelerate at such a fast rate. There is a bit of turbo lag below 3K rpms, however, it leaves such a rush once the turbo kicks...