4WD/AWD, Turbo Charged Engine, Leather Seats, Parking Sensors, Panoramic Sunroof, Front Seat Heaters
4 Cylinders, 4WD, 2.5L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 87K Miles, Blue/Gray
The forester drives well, handles well and gives you the feel of an SUV without being large and cumbersome. I was afraid I would have trouble adjusting from my tiny Nissan Sentra to this, but it's been a breeze. Steering wheel is a a bit smaller than some, but it's actually been a nice change and makes is easier for the occasional one-handed driving. I love the auxiliary jack for my ipod. Lots of room for cargo. Back seat isn't that spacious, but I don't have kids or carseats, so it's great for me.
The Subaru Forester XT version has a LOT more pep and responsiveness than the 2.5 litre engined Forester. Gas mileage suffers a little (we are currently getting between 24 and 28 highway and 20-24 in town) but the additional acceleration more than makes up for that. I like the AWD and the option to "manually" shift the car, and the S1 and S# gearing and suspension adjustment for windy roads or snow or rain. If you are really in the snow, you can select XMode which is like a four wheel drive mode for up to 25 miles per hour (it automatically drops out of Xmode above 24 MPH). Real leather seats. Nice stitching. Well appointed with dual air and heat. Heated front seats. HUGE sunroof with windbreak at front. Handles wonderfully.
terrible gas mileage. I upgraded from a honda fit because I needed more space to haul around my booth (I am an artists who does a lot of craft shows and needed a vehicle that could handle the weight) I expected the mileage to be close to the sticker (22city/27hwy) and seriously, total lies. I drive "highway" often, but the only time I saw 27 mpg was on a road trip (1400+ miles). I was regretting not getting the VW tdi diesel wagon, but now that VW was exposed for fraud regarding emissions, I am only moderately ok with choosing the subaru.