2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

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2009 Subaru Forester
4.1
Average based on 49 reviews
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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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So So Subaru

by from Palm Springs, CA on May 24, 2011

Leased this 2009 2.5X in late summer of 2008 and for the most part this has been a very reliable car. I was looking for a basic SUV/Crossover and this is basic. I'd recommend it, but with reservations...
Leased this 2009 2.5X in late summer of 2008 and for the most part this has been a very reliable car. I was looking for a basic SUV/Crossover and this is basic. I'd recommend it, but with reservations. I haven't experienced any of the major problems that I've noted in some of the negative reviews, nor have I experienced anywhere near the astounding mileage that some are claiming. I'm getting almost exactly what Consumers' Reports states in the Forester review - 22.5mpg overall. Definitely not terrible for an AWD vehicle, but definitely not a fuel efficient vehicle, especially with gas prices that have been well over $4.00 gallon here recently. Positives: Handling/cornering, ride quality, relatively low road noise. Seats are relatively firm but could use better lumbar support. Visibility is good with few blind spots. Cargo space is good, I have no problems laying my rear seatback flat to extend cargo space. This is much more easily done than in some other cars where you have to wrestle with removing the headrests to be able to lower the seatback. The audio controls are relatively straight forward and the audio quality is decent. Negatives: Acceleration. Trying to pass another vehicle really challenges the hamsters under the hood. This would be more acceptable if the mileage was anything but mediocre. A/C is rather weak, a drawback here in the desert. It's necessary to turn off the A/C to be able to get any acceleration to enter the freeway, not a pleasant thing on a 110 degree day. Interior surfaces are cheap. The exterior paint is thin and scratches really easily. The inefficient 4 speed automatic probably adds to the mediocre mileage. The bottomless pit of the center console makes finding anything impossible except with major excavation. I was considering buying a new car when the lease is up on this one, but considering the overall reliability of this car, I'll probably buy it off the lease. The residual will be considerably less than what these are selling for on the used market.
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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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Does Everything Well

by from Long Island, NY on March 17, 2010

Excellent all around package. Excellent handling, brakes, interior room, space utilization, & gas mileage. Very reliable. Good Dealer support. Plenty of accessories available. When fully loaded with A...
Excellent all around package. Excellent handling, brakes, interior room, space utilization, & gas mileage. Very reliable. Good Dealer support. Plenty of accessories available. When fully loaded with A/C on, could use a bit more oomph!
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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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Forester 2009

by from Plaistow, NH on January 27, 2012

Traded a 2003 Honda CR-V for a 2009 Subaru Forester. The Subaru is quieter, has better visibility and aerodynamics The only thing I do not care for in the Subaru is the position of the cup holders, as...
Traded a 2003 Honda CR-V for a 2009 Subaru Forester. The Subaru is quieter, has better visibility and aerodynamics The only thing I do not care for in the Subaru is the position of the cup holders, as they are situated too far back in the middle column. Other than that, I love the Forester.
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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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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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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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