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2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

4.1
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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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dont buy xt

by from Michigan on December 1, 2008

I have had 09 Forester XT 4at-s since June of 08. The car currently has 9610 miles on it. Unfortunately, at 9610 miles [Thanksgiving night on a remote road with 3month old & 3 yr old in car-in a snow ...
I have had 09 Forester XT 4at-s since June of 08. The car currently has 9610 miles on it. Unfortunately, at 9610 miles [Thanksgiving night on a remote road with 3month old & 3 yr old in car-in a snow storm] the car ground to a halt. Literally, the car ground to a halt with noises just like having all of your silverware in the disposal. The check engine light came and literally 10 seconds later the car was dead. Would not turn over..nothing. Subaru road side service came in about an hour and a half; and dropped the car off at a local dealer. Today, I found out that the engine has seized and it needs a new engine. The car was not driven hard and it has had all the recommended maintenance done at a Subaru dealership. I dont get it. I felt like I did all the research prior to getting this car. It was good on paper with the right mix of safety, gas mileage, performance ,cost etc. All I can do at this point is spread the word to NOT buy this car. It has been a very disappointing experience and I hope no one else has to endure what I'm going through now with Subaru of America. I think I'm stuck with a Lemon. Dont believe all the good reviews. I'm sure that Subaru didnt send the kind of car I got to someone who does car reviews.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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beware the xt

by from gaithersburg,md. on October 26, 2010

I have a 2009 xt which is lovingly cared for and gently driven. At 26,866 miles, the engine quit. No lights, no warning. The engine just started jackhammering. I pulled to the side of the road immedia...
I have a 2009 xt which is lovingly cared for and gently driven. At 26,866 miles, the engine quit. No lights, no warning. The engine just started jackhammering. I pulled to the side of the road immediately and was carried in to the nearest dealership. Verdict--blown bearings and rods. Was wella taken care of with loaner vehicle for 9days and no charge for a new short block. Needless to say, I'm nervous even with a new engine. From my research, I'm not the first.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend 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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Love Big Sue

by from Jacksonville, Fl on June 29, 2011

Very reliable smooth running car, much improved over earlier versions. The new boxer engine is smoother and more powerful.
Very reliable smooth running car, much improved over earlier versions. The new boxer engine is smoother and more powerful.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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