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Bullit Proof Ride!!!
Cons: Gas mileageThis car has been 100% reliable for the first 100k (except for a battery at 90k). It has been everything that I could have expected.
Pros: Performance, Performance Performance. Safety though being able to get out of the way - fast!
Cons: The automatic heating/ac system is funky, I always revert to manual.
Advice: Get the salesman lost! lolHad an 2003 Forester X, liked it a lot, appreciated the AWD, elevated visibilty, and that it was compact enough to park in Boston's Chinatown. Wasn't as wowed by the creature comforts and performance, which was competent but nothing beyond. When I went looking for a new one on lease-end, I tried an extended test-drive (got the salesman lost, so he had to phone the dealership for directions home! ;-) of the XT Premium. Big SMILE! Yes, I am paying a price in slightly lower gas mileage, and dishing out for premium, but after nearly 10K miles, I'm happpy everyday. From the power leather seats, stadium sunroof, stability control, great acceleration and hyper-adequate sound system, I'm always happy looking out over the turbo scoop.
Pros: Fun to drive and excellent economy
Cons: Room at backseats and annoying seatbelt beeper
Advice: Compare w/ similar small SUV's and you'll end up w/ a Forester.Actually my Forester is of 2006 vintage. It has exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Great quality, handling and reliability. With the manual transmission version I got 31 mpg on long trips.
Pros: Giant sunroof
Cons: rear seat leg room
Advice: Get one..... it will make you feel smart!This is my second Forester,and I thought how could they possibly make it better? Subaru somehow managed to do so. Love the handling, braking, and how everything is wrapped in leather. Rear seat room is slightly improved. My daughter does not think of it as a 'Mom Mobile'. We pull our pop-up camper with our Forester, try that with a Honda CRV. The giant sunroof is a must have!
Pros: The design of the dashboard controls
Advice: Try it - you might like it!I love my Forester and it is the second one I've owned. The ride is smooth, it is good on gas, and the interior is more stylish than my 2001. I also like the climate control knobs. It handles well on wet pavement during rain or snow. I got a good deal on a 2005 when the 2006's had just come out and that was a plus. I am one of the few people out there who still enjoys driving a 'stick' (manual speed transmission) and the 'hill grabber' feature is great so there's no rolling backward when the clutch is released.
Pros: Power moonroof and cargo nets.
Cons: Getting use to the wiper control and cruise control locations.
Advice: To ask about the optional accessories.The Forrester handles great on wet pavement. I noticed that it is harder to handle in high wind, but we don't have to deal with that too often in the south. Go ahead and get the extras like an armrest and cargo nets instead of waiting later like I did. The gas miliage isn't too good with the turbo, but still isn't too bad. Overall I am quite pleased with the Forrester.
Pros: driveability and huge moonroof
Cons: could use a bit more power when fully loaded (but not premium gas/expensive to fix turbo)
Advice: Drive it. It handles more like a sporty sedan that a sport utility.Canadian SE edition came with everything we wanted: huge moonroof, heated seats, and steel rims so we can rotate in the full sized spare. This car sticks to all roads, gravel, snowy etc. Driveability is among the best of any fule efficient utility vehicle.