2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition shown
- $8,121 - $10,488
- No trim specified for this review
- 4WD, price, city fuel economy
- Handling near the limit, interior finish & comfort
I traded in my 2004 Subaru Outback Sportwagon for this in a game effort to get more cargo room for two small kids, but it was a mistake. The added carrying capacity didn't make up for the loss in performance and handling. My only major problem with the Outback was the dealer ducking a valid warranty claim for a lame clutch (it melted the first time the wheels touched sand - the dealer copped out on a misuse claim, even though the car was called an "Outback"). That was a decent car and a good value for handling and acceleration. The Forester was bearable in the acceleration category but not up to snuff in handling, including wet road handling (I can't say how it would do in snow, I never got there). Even on dry pavement near the limit it had some pretty nasty oversteer for a 4WD car. My rears were gone before I hit 25,000 miles and so was my Forester soon afterwards. I cashed in for my dream car, a 2007 VW GTI sedan (you're welcome to see my review for that). Now I'm living the Dream and the Forester is just a vague and undistinguished memory.....
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