2009 Subaru Forester
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A Good but Dated SUV

by from Hastings On Hudson, NY on August 12, 2011

On the plus side is spectacular reliability, handling in the snow, turn radius, and a cavernous interior capable of swallowing an eight foot ladder or 10' lengths of pipe. On the minus side is a date...
On the plus side is spectacular reliability, handling in the snow, turn radius, and a cavernous interior capable of swallowing an eight foot ladder or 10' lengths of pipe. On the minus side is a dated transmission that inefficiently utilizes a somewhat undersized engine, and really below average gas mileage - I barely manage 23 mpg in mixed driving. Yeah, I know it's AWD but still... So, I would recommend this car to a friend but with the caveats noted above.
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Subaru Forester better overall than competition.

by from Chicago Ohare area on June 19, 2009

We bought the car in the middle of May and did try other similar type of vehicles. Honda CrV, Toyota Rav4, Scion Xb. We did like the Scion Xb, it had alot of room and the ride was good. The down side ...
We bought the car in the middle of May and did try other similar type of vehicles. Honda CrV, Toyota Rav4, Scion Xb. We did like the Scion Xb, it had alot of room and the ride was good. The down side is the blind spot and the darkness of the cabin. The CrV was a nice car and the ride was nice but again the blind spot and getting in and out of the back seat was below ave at best. With 2 boys 6ft and above that was a major factor. The Toyota Rav4 was nice and alot of room in the car, but it rode like a truck and also it was a little troublesome getting in and out of the back seat. Also the rear door opening the way it does not have a positive attribute for me. The Subaru Forester had all the qualities of car like ride with a SUV look. It has great safety options, a good dash layout and is easy to get in and out of with the rear seats. Having heated seats and not having to upgrade to leather was a plus, The heating and A/C works well and that the visibility all around is fantastic. In city driving we are getting around 22mpg. Have taking it out on the xpressway and the ride and acceleration is fine. The big windows and massive moon roof just add to the overall beauty to the Forester.
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I'm glad I switched.

by from Denver, CO on January 3, 2009

I was a loyal Chevy driver, but decided to compare the Subaru to the Equinox. No contest: The Subaru made the Chevy feel like a tank. Basically, this is a well built AWD for very little money. I'm get...
I was a loyal Chevy driver, but decided to compare the Subaru to the Equinox. No contest: The Subaru made the Chevy feel like a tank. Basically, this is a well built AWD for very little money. I'm getting 24 mpg in the city. The AWD is great for snow days; the turning radius is great; the All-Weather package is only $400 and includes heated seats, outside mirror defrosters, and windshield wiper de-icers (I'm not talking about the defroster). This is a lot of vehicle for the money. I'm very impressed with my first import vehicle. The interior and exterior are great.
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Best Snow Vehicle Ever.

by from Brighton, Co. on February 10, 2013

The day I bought this car was the day my idea of the perfect all around vehicle changed forever. Comfortable, easy on fuel, the PZEV motor is environmentally sound, and it's behavior on ice and snow i...
The day I bought this car was the day my idea of the perfect all around vehicle changed forever. Comfortable, easy on fuel, the PZEV motor is environmentally sound, and it's behavior on ice and snow is amazing.
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awsome!!

by from cincinnati, ohio on November 12, 2010

I love this car! I bought an '09 gently used. It is quick and handles nice. It seems a little loud in lower gears (I have the 5sp) but it is very smooth at all speeds. It is very comfortable. I have d...
I love this car! I bought an '09 gently used. It is quick and handles nice. It seems a little loud in lower gears (I have the 5sp) but it is very smooth at all speeds. It is very comfortable. I have driven through Chicago rush hour and open highways. Very comfortable in all conditions. I can get about 31 -32 mph on the highway with cruise locked at 75mph - higher at lower speeds. Try to find an all wheel cross over with the same mpg and price I dare you! This car is great for a single driver, or hauling an entire family. Plenty of room for four adults and luggage for a weeks vacation! Its not a race car, but it is very quick and peppy. The stereo sounds good, but looks a little outdated with its weak display. Thats the only con I can find so far. Even my dog loves this car!
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Excellent Choice

by from Pottstown, PA on August 4, 2012

We're very happy with our new-to-us Forester. It's fun to drive and I like that it's got a higher clearance than most smaller cars. We've had Subaru's in the past and have always been pleased with the...
We're very happy with our new-to-us Forester. It's fun to drive and I like that it's got a higher clearance than most smaller cars. We've had Subaru's in the past and have always been pleased with them, even over the long haul. This one could use a bit more padding in the seat, as it's not super comfortable for long drives, but that's the only thing negative I can think of. Really happy with our choice!
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Best of the mini-SUVs

by from Snowmass Village, CO on July 31, 2010

Really good car. Well styled and comfortable. Fuel economy ~25 mpg. A bit underpowered for the mountains of Colorado, but that goes hand-in-hand with the fuel economy. Wish it had a better sound syste...
Really good car. Well styled and comfortable. Fuel economy ~25 mpg. A bit underpowered for the mountains of Colorado, but that goes hand-in-hand with the fuel economy. Wish it had a better sound system and better drink holders. But overall, this is a great car and certainly well suited for winter driving. Handles well. Nice overall features. Great value for the $s.
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Subaru Forester 4 wheel drive = less mpg

by from Houston, Texas on June 26, 2013

Car has a nice smooth ride. The back seat space is tight if the person in front has the seat back. Car is noisy. I can barely hear the radio. The mpg is a lot less that I thought it would be because o...
Car has a nice smooth ride. The back seat space is tight if the person in front has the seat back. Car is noisy. I can barely hear the radio. The mpg is a lot less that I thought it would be because of the 4WD.
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I Am Amazed

by from Chicago, IL on May 14, 2009

Model: 2009 Subaru Forester XT Limited w/o Navigation. Silver Spark Metallic, Leather. -------------------------- After suffering through 40 snow events in Chicago last winter, I decided that, while I...
Model: 2009 Subaru Forester XT Limited w/o Navigation. Silver Spark Metallic, Leather. -------------------------- After suffering through 40 snow events in Chicago last winter, I decided that, while I loved my BMW sedan, I would not go through another winter without an AWD vehicle. I looked at and test drove AWD BMWs including the sedans, X5 and X3. I expanded to other brands, including Ford, Infiniti, Acura, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Audi. I had been trying to decide between a sedan (the Infiniti M35X) and an SUV (BMW X3) when an old tree-hugging friend recommended that I look at the new Forester. Indeed, that was the last vehicle that I test drove (an XT Limited). I was pleasantly surprised by not only the performance, but the comfort, convenience and utility. I actually delayed my decision for a month, and took it out for a second test drive. I was sold and ordered one that very day. I have had the vehicle for 5 months and have been delighted with its performance in the snowy and icy conditions that have plagued Chicago. In the better weather since the winter, it has been a delight to drive: comfortable, quiet, fast, nimble and very spacious. The fact that it was five figures less expensive that my other choices still astounds me.
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First Forigen Vehicled I considered buying

by from Washington, Mi. on March 8, 2014

I am very pleased with my 2009 Subaru Forester.. I only had it for 1 month, but I know I will buy another when the time comes.. Plenty of Cargo Room in the back with the seats folded down.. I was able...
I am very pleased with my 2009 Subaru Forester.. I only had it for 1 month, but I know I will buy another when the time comes.. Plenty of Cargo Room in the back with the seats folded down.. I was able to buy and pick up 2 La-Z-Boy Recliners in the back and bring them home in 1 trip ( disassembled of course ). Great value.. I would recommend..
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