I bought this 2015 Forester for my wife in February after reading a number of favorable reviews. It is now November and the car has almost 24k on the odometer. The miles have been mostly freeway, two lane highway and backroads, both paved and unpaved. No squeaks or rattles have developed ( well, except the squeaks my wife makes when I drive it down bumpy dirt roads at 40 mph or so ) and the ride control is the best I've ever experienced. Apparently, when it comes to suspension tuning Subaru has made good use of the knowledge gained from World Championship Rally competition! The steering always seems to be weighted just right under any conditions or speeds and the all wheel drive is actually felt and is confidence inspiring when traffic and road conditions are not. The EyeSight option is FANTASTIC! It is tied by computer to the brakes (ABS) and cruise control. It not only provides a measure of safety for the unexpected surprise moving object - so far unproven thank goodness - but it "sees" the vehicle you're following on the highway when cruise control is on and maintains a cushion preset by the driver by applying brakes and throttle as needed to maintain the preset speed. The rear cargo area so far has been more than enough for our purposes. Seating front and rear is actually roomy enough for me, and I'm 6"1' and a little over 200 lbs (ok, a lot over 200) and the seat bottom height is high enough so as not to require deep knee bends getting in and out. The only gripe I have is that I am not fond of the CVT transmission. It takes some recalibrated thinking for people who are lifelong gear heads and it's not quick off the line. It's just weird. My wife doesn't understand what I am complaining about. But it is efficient as we consistently average 26 mpg every tank regardless of the kind of driving or who is driving! The center console is tall and small and there is no ashtray so the loose change just has to go in the center console's open tray. Overall the Forester has a feeling of quality of build and thoughtful design. We are very happy with our decision to go Subaru. ...more
Ride, safety, fuel efficient, comfortable for real people, solidly built.
Some won't care for the CVT transmission.
I recently traded in a 2013 Rav4, and purchased a 2015 Subaru Forester due to the Rav4's poor crash ratings. I have owned various Subaru models in the past (Outback, Tribeca) and knew their crash ratings to be superior. While I have never found my Subaru's "exciting" to drive, I truly enjoy my new Forester. Due to sharing its frame, etc with the Impreza (WRX, STI) it is a hoot to drive, corners like a car, and gets amazing fuel economy for an AWD SUV. In addition, seating is comfortable, and visibility is second to none making city driving easy and stress free. At 6'3", 235 lbs, I have more than enough room, as do passengers who must sit behind me. Simply put, this vehicle has exceeded all my expectations and by a wide margin. ...more
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The Forester line checks all the boxes for reliable, safe, durable and economical
transportation. I average about 28 mpg driving around town and better than 35 mpg
on the highway at 65 mph. The car has a firm, well controlled ride with safe though
not sporty handling. The seats are comfortable for long trips and there is plenty of
room in the back seat for the largest adults. The cargo area is spacious and well
finished. The 2.5L base engine and CVT provide adequate acceleration particularly
under light and moderate throttle. Under full throttle, the engine revs but beyond
about 4,000 rpm does little more than produce additional interior noise. The 2.5L
and CVT work best keeping revs between 2-3k rpm and it is very easy to keep
the rpms in that range. Visibility is excellent all around!...more
A great, practical vehicle at a bargain price.
Not flashy and the styling leaves room for improvement....
My wife of 60 years was center-punched in an intersection. The car was rolled over. She had a bruised left arm caused by the airbag, not a scratch other than that. The insurance company totaled the car.
I would recommend a Forester to anyone/everyone. ...more
Great visibility. Auto back door.
None, that I could see.
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