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2010 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

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Excellent SUV!

by from Cedar Rapids, IA on September 30, 2009

We bought a 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium (with the all-weather package). This car is incredibly quiet inside and the transmission (automatic) is smooth and confident. We researched and drove ever...
We bought a 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium (with the all-weather package). This car is incredibly quiet inside and the transmission (automatic) is smooth and confident. We researched and drove every compact crossover SUV on the market … RAV4, CRV, Rogue, etc. When we tested the Forester, our search was over. Of all the cars we researched before buying this one, none had the combination of reliability, visibility, safety, fuel economy, and features we were looking for. The 2010 Forester feels solid, with plenty of power to accelerate on freeways – even without using the sport shift mode. It is fun to drive in town, hugs the curves with very little lean, and the massive moon roof is without comparison. The cabin feels spacious and headroom is substantially better than much larger SUVs (Pathfinder, 4Runner, etc.). Interior controls are simple to use and the sound system (with iPOD adapter) is good, although six speakers would be better. Steering wheel sound controls are excellent. Visibility from the driver’s seat is much better the other SUVs we tested. Outside, the styling and the 17” alloys look great. Just returned from our first road trip in this vehicle and mileage was a surprising 31+ MPG on the highway – not bad for AWD! The 10-way electric adjustable driver’s seat (with lumbar support) is comfortable, and I’m looking forward to using the cold weather package (heated cloth seats, heated mirrors and heated windshield wiper feature) this winter. The Premium package included roof rails – and after buying new Yakima towers – we were able to transfer the roof rack (set up for bikes) from our last car. In my opinion, the Forester is safe, well built, fun to drive, and relatively “green” – all at the same time! Thanks, Subaru!
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It's been one year and so far...GOOD!

by from Texas on June 28, 2011

I upgraded from a Honda Civic to a 2010 Subaru Forester X with Sport Pkg about a year ago. I wanted to wait a while to see how things went before making a review. It has almost 13k miles on it and so ...
I upgraded from a Honda Civic to a 2010 Subaru Forester X with Sport Pkg about a year ago. I wanted to wait a while to see how things went before making a review. It has almost 13k miles on it and so far, it's been a great car. The only thing we've done is two oil changes, tire rotation, and cabin air filter. This car has the best turning radius I've ever seen and I've had five cars in my life time, all of them being little cars. When I made a "Uey" for the first time, I shrilled with excitement, it was fun!! It is a beautiful body style and have gotten many compliments. Several people have come up to me asking what kind of car it is. It looks like a Saab to me, and I like that. I average 24 mpg city/hwy. When I do roadtrips, that jumps up to 28 mpg. Not too shabby for a AWD. Drove it in the snow during winter, and had absolutely no problems. (I'm in the south, so when we get snow, it's ice!) I felt it catch itself once or twice. I was one of few that was able to make it to work during a very icy/snowy week. If you want an excuse to not be able to make it to work, don't buy this car, you won't have an excuse because this car does it all. There are just a few tiny complaints that I do have, and a few of them are just because I couldn't afford the mid-line model. One: Rear cup holders on mine are only in the door, have to get Prem. Model to get the fold out ones. Second: The passenger side seat sits waaaay too low. I love how I can raise the seat in the driver's side and get a SUV feel. When I'm in the passenger seat I feel like I'm in a Corvette! I'm 5'4" so not too short, but still, wish I had seat lifter on the passenger side so I can see better over the dash. I have heard that this might be a little better with leather seats. Three: I should have gotten the moon roof! That's my biggest regret on this car! It is huge!!! Fourth: I kinda wish it was bigger, I don't want to loose the clearance though and that's why I didn't go for the B9 (used). I wanted an SUV not a van dressed as a SUV. Plus, if you have more than three in the car, it can feel a little tight. A/C vents in the back would be nice too. Fifth: 4 spd auto? Come on folks! At least a 5 spd would be nice! Conclusion: This car has a few nitpicky things, but overall, this is the best car I've owned. I've had Honda, 3 Fords (never Again!!), and an Acura. It is fun to drive and great for a small family because of all the safety features. I always feel safe in it. Visibility is awesome!! (why I bought the car over the CRV.) My husband is a Tech and is thoroughly impressed by it so far. He said he hardly ever sees Subarus in the shop and they are usually just for maintenance when he does. Just make sure to splurge for that moonroof, it is amazing and so regret not getting it. When I get out of school I will definetly be going back to get a newer one with leather and moonroof. (and perhaps a Turbo)
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Cautiously Optimistic

by from Columbus, Ohio on September 1, 2012

Three months ago, I sold my well worn and very reliable 2003 Toyota Corolla to a friend After much deliberation, I purchased a used 2010 Subaru Forester with only 19,000 miles. My only real complaint ...
Three months ago, I sold my well worn and very reliable 2003 Toyota Corolla to a friend After much deliberation, I purchased a used 2010 Subaru Forester with only 19,000 miles. My only real complaint with the Toyota had been that it was not a hatchback as I often haul bulky cargo. Since then I have added more than six thousand miles of in daily driving and an extensive trip from Ohio to Montana, Colorado and back. While out west, I took Subaru far off road and through some very rugged terrain, a far cry from my very urban home. Overall, I am a bit surprised how pleased I am with the vehicle, my first Subaru. I had heard of the near cult like loyalty of Subaru owners and now I know why. On the highways, it is a comfortable and competent ride, although a little noisy. The kayak and bike rack increased the noise. The sound system could use an upgrade but serves my bare bones needs. Off road, the Forester handled extremely well on the rugged cow trails of the Badlands or in the deep mud fording shallow streams. In the downtown city, where I live, I was very pleased to at how easily it parallel parks, with a tight turning radius and great visibility. The five speed manual transmission was a good decision for me. It is a very forgiving shift that handles well on or off the road. I understand that some folks are not very satisfied with the four speed automatic. The interior is simple and appealing, with an uncomplicated dash the reads and operates easily. The seats and fittings have nice clean lines. Nothing fancy, plastic dash and paneled doors that are look nice. The hood looks like an old Saab and opens easily and will stay open on its own, without additional support. The back seat is one of the most comfortable I have experienced in this class of vehicle. The Forester can easily carry a couple of friends, my kayak, bicycle and gear when I go camping. At home it serves just as well to secure the groceries, go to the hardware store and ride to work . Friends and family constantly comment on how comfortable it is. I have to agree, at five foot ten inches tall, the drivers seat is well positioned for me. Older riders love the ease of access and exit. It is the first car I have owned that both my backpacking buddies and my sweet little old lady mother seem to want. My only complaint so far is the decreased gas milage compared with my Corolla, with only 21 mpg in city driving. However with the cruise control and moving at the speed limit on the highway, I have been surprised to get more than 30 mpg, with 34 mpg at prolonged 55 mph. With more of lead foot I will get about 29 miles per gallon on highway. The boxer engine is fairly quiet and does not strain on highway or off road. The cargo space is easy to access and spacious with lots of little fold out hooks to secure bags and gear. A plastic cargo mat is a good investment. The mirrors are very well placed giving a good rear view. So far, so good! At this point, I have recommended the Subaru Forester to those who think it would fit their lifestyle. I had considered a Toyota Matrix but now realize that it would have been too much of a compromise given the kind of activities I usually do. I did not expect to like it this much. A careful shopper can get a good deal on what seems to be a useful and reliable vehicle. However, I think the asking price of most Foresters is a little high. Shop for one at the end of the month or year if possible. Dealers seem more willing to bargain then.
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Incredible Functionality

by from Colorado on November 23, 2012

This car does just everything right. The door height entry level is just about perfect, not too low like our Civic, and not too high like our Lexus RX. Good room for taller people; plenty of headroom....
This car does just everything right. The door height entry level is just about perfect, not too low like our Civic, and not too high like our Lexus RX. Good room for taller people; plenty of headroom. Seating position is very good and seats are fairly comfortable with decent lumbar support. Sufficient power for a four cylinder, but if you're careful and lightfoot it, you can eek out 28-29 MPG. The four is a little noisy; wish Subaru would use more sound deadening. Road noise is this car's only weakness. The symmetrical all wheel drive is the best; the car is unsurpassed in the snow. Everything seems to be built for rugged functionaality. Interior is fairly spartan but quite resistant to the day-to-day wear from cargo in-and-out, and the scuffs and wear from boots, snow, ice and mud. We like the styling of this newest generation over the older models and with only 55K miles we think we're going to be driving this one for quite awhile.
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My 1st Subaru...But not my last! :D

by from Waseca, MN on February 2, 2011

I really did my homework, before I bought my FX Premium 5 spd. I wanted to make sure that I'd like the car for years to come. Newly retired, I needed a reliable, multi tasking car, that would be econo...
I really did my homework, before I bought my FX Premium 5 spd. I wanted to make sure that I'd like the car for years to come. Newly retired, I needed a reliable, multi tasking car, that would be economical, as well. People have remarked how easy it is to enter and exit the Forester. It rides and handles great. I get fantastic mpgs for an AWD wagon, 32+ on hwy. It turns a tight circle. Handy to be able to do, sometimes. Love the huge moonroof! All the cup/bottle holders, 2 of each, front and back. I do a lot of home remodeling and I have never lacked cargo space. If needed, it has a receiver hitch for my trailer. Well, I could go on and on. I think l'll hang on to this Forester a long time. It's perfect as far as I'm concerned.
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Sense of security

by from Barstow, CA on February 22, 2011

My Subaru Forester is wonderful; I have never enjoyed owning a vehilce more. I bought this vehicle after a complete year of looking at many different makes and models of vehicles and none offered more...
My Subaru Forester is wonderful; I have never enjoyed owning a vehilce more. I bought this vehicle after a complete year of looking at many different makes and models of vehicles and none offered more value for the dollar. I read an article of the 10 most hated vehicles by mechanics and they stated that they didn't like the Subaru Forester because it never seems to need repairs and they don't make any money on them. What more could you ask for?
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The Best Choice after MUCH Research!

by from MN on August 17, 2009

My husband and I spent many weeks doing test drives, pricing inquiries, and internet surfing for our first new cross over suv. The Forrester was the last one we test drove, because we knew right then ...
My husband and I spent many weeks doing test drives, pricing inquiries, and internet surfing for our first new cross over suv. The Forrester was the last one we test drove, because we knew right then and there it was what we wanted! We looked at (and test drove) Hyundai Santa Fe and Tuscons, Kia Sportage, Chevy Equinox, Taurus X, Ford Freestyle, Mitsubishi Outlander, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Explorer, Jeep Liberty, Nissan Rogue and Murano . . . and the Forrester gave my 6'3" husband the most head room (by far!). I am transitioning from a car to an SUV and get motion sick easily, so the Forrester gives the most cargo space while still driving like a smooth car. It has the best gas mileage and is the best handling. We love it!
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Theres a reason its motortrends SUV of the year!!

by from Faifax Va on July 30, 2009

I usually buy a car after a year it comes out because they always have quirks they need to work out, luckily this one didnt! My forester is smooth, comfortable, and can handle cargo with ease. PROS - ...
I usually buy a car after a year it comes out because they always have quirks they need to work out, luckily this one didnt! My forester is smooth, comfortable, and can handle cargo with ease. PROS - powertrain - smooth abundance of room inside styling - inside and out! MPG handles like its half the size it is quiet sport mode the puddle lights the MASSIVE sun roof CONS no V6 5 or 6 spd would be better cargo area is somewhat tilted towards the road no temp gauge (idiot lights instead) the seat belt alarm reacts with 2 gallons of milk in the seat.
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I love how it drives

by from Gig harbor,WA on May 2, 2011

Best car for turning around- it is amazing!! Drives so nice and smooth.I love my huge sun/moon roof. I do not like how much gas it eats in the city- highway mileage is good. I wood like more comfortab...
Best car for turning around- it is amazing!! Drives so nice and smooth.I love my huge sun/moon roof. I do not like how much gas it eats in the city- highway mileage is good. I wood like more comfortable passenger seats. All over it is very, very good SUV.
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Very good

by from Pensacola on February 12, 2011

Great car. I was surprised that it got a tad over 30mpg on the highways. I am in Florida. Not bad for a vehicle with this much power and an outdated 4 speed. Plenty of room inside. No problems so far.
Great car. I was surprised that it got a tad over 30mpg on the highways. I am in Florida. Not bad for a vehicle with this much power and an outdated 4 speed. Plenty of room inside. No problems so far.
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