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.
2010 Subaru ForesterBal - Seattle, WA03/07/2012
Bought my Forester with 15k on it, but it's in perfect condition, inside and out. Moving from a Jeep Commander to the Forester was not difficult as I expected it would be. It's comfy and plenty of room for all I need. I drove it from Sacramento to Seattle and had a blast. Didn't even lose power on the hills and passes. EPA is great for what it is and, though some people have mentioned noise in the cabin, it's nothing to complain about. I love it and when I wear this one down, I'll get another!
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