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Pros: Humongous Moonroof
Advice: Great value all-aroundI found this to be the best overall value in the compact SUV market. I based my decision for a new vehicle purchase on the best combination of gas mileage, safety, price, horsepower, performance (all-wheel drive), quality/reliability, value (consumer reports), appearance, and cargo space. The Forester came up tops overall. A great value for a great vehicle! The full time all-wheel drive is very secure and the handling is wonderful. It has performed admirably in all types of conditions from highway rainy down-pours, snowy ski-resort hill climbs, mountain hiking treks, windstorms and 100+ degree weather heading out to Las Vegas, to the daily work commute.
Pros: Sporty ride
Advice: Do some research before you buyI purchased the car for the All Wheel Drive as I live in a snowy area. It is an overall enjoyable car to drive, good acceleration, great on gas, feels much sportier to drive then it looks. I however was not pleased with the purchase and have traded it in after only 8 months and 14,000 miles for a Toyota. The car is a magnet for road debree. After 8 months I had more chips and dings on the car then I had with my old car with 130,000 miles. I had 4 warped rotors after only 10,000 miles, and they cut them instead of replacing them. The car began to hesitate and almost stall at times, it ended up needing an oxygen sensor at 11,000 miles, that is ridiculous. It was not the quality purchase I had hoped it would be. A lot of people praise the car on reviews, I cannot do that with a pure heart.
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: 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!