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2012 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

4.1
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Excellent!

by from Connecticut on April 19, 2012

This is my first Subaru, and I am sold on the brand. The vehicle rides smooth, and handles bad weather like a champ. We had a few inches of snow here in CT this winter(Which isn't much!), and while ev...
This is my first Subaru, and I am sold on the brand. The vehicle rides smooth, and handles bad weather like a champ. We had a few inches of snow here in CT this winter(Which isn't much!), and while everyone else was sliding all over the road, I was solidly in place, driving up steep hills and stopping and going with no problems. The interior is alright- a previous poster stated that the seats were terrible, and I can definitely say that is NOT the case. I am 6'2" and weigh 180 pounds, and the seat is just fine for me. I think maybe there is a difference in the 2011 to the 2012 seats? Not sure, but it is definitely comfortable for me. That poster also talked about the radio- they are about right on that mark. The stereo is weak compared to others. It will play a CD or MP3 player decently, but switch to the radio and you have the weakest sound I have heard in a vehicle in a long time. I will definitely be replacing the head unit. The all-weather package is a must, too. Love the heated seats and heated mirrors. The gas mileage is alright- I drive about half high way and half city, and I am averaging 24 mpg, which is what I expected. The visibility is amazing. The engine is pretty responsive- not the most punchy car, but enough to get around a truck on the highway or get up to speed on an on ramp. Overall, an amazing car. Best vehicle purchase I've ever made.
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Very Happy after 13 Months

by from Finger Lakes, NY on February 17, 2013

This is our 1st Subaru. We traded our 2006 Jeep Liberty for a 2012 Forester 2.5X automatic in Jan 2012 after the Jeep racked up thousands in repair costs with less than 60k in mileage. Our primary cri...
This is our 1st Subaru. We traded our 2006 Jeep Liberty for a 2012 Forester 2.5X automatic in Jan 2012 after the Jeep racked up thousands in repair costs with less than 60k in mileage. Our primary criteria for a new vehicle was 4WD or AWD as we live in a rural community in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. After 13 months and ~ 12k miles with the Forestor we are very happy. I will start out by saying that we are pretty utilitarian owners and were most concerned with handling - not bells, buzzers, navigation, and electronics. We have plenty of tools for these already and didn't look for them in a vehicle where you are more or less stuck with technology once it is installed. A stand alone nav unit can readily be upgraded, and even better, can come with you when you are NOT driving! Key Observations: 1) It handles really well in all kinds of weather on all kinds of roads. 2) Braking system is awesome. When you need to stop, it stops with confidence. 3) Interior is comfortable and well designed. 4) The vehicle is well made, feels very solid. 5) Mileage is suprisingly good. Average 27 mpg in warm weather with a mixed 20 mile commute (some hilly rural roads, some stop and go suburbs, some highway). Winter drops to about 25 mpg. 6) Excellent visibility and cargo space. 7) Absolutely no problems with vehicle so far. 8) GREAT VALUE for what the Forester offers. Nothing else in the small SUV/crossover market can touch the price point. 9) Sound system is not impressive, but plan to upgrade to aftermarket system anyway. I've read lots of reviews and am really puzzled by the comments that this vehicle lacks power. How the heck are these folks driving???? This thing can MOVE and has plenty of low end torque. I would buy this vehicle again!
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Great Car

by from Staten Island, NY on January 5, 2012

I've only driven my new Forester 222 miles, but I can still say a few things. It has excellent visibility, front and back, which is key to accident prevention. The engine has plenty of pep (I have the...
I've only driven my new Forester 222 miles, but I can still say a few things. It has excellent visibility, front and back, which is key to accident prevention. The engine has plenty of pep (I have the base model with a manual transmission). It handles very well and is fun to drive. Passengers have plenty of room in the front and the back, and there is spacious cargo capacity. Miles per gallon is good and same as advertised, and everyone comments on the handsome styling. I wish I'd bought it a couple of years ago.
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Champaign Car on a Beer Budget!

by from Dallas/Ft. Worth on February 20, 2012

Luxury car features at a much lower price. Has rear view video monitor, wonderful sound system, leather interior, great ride, & I have had success in having the Bluetooth hands-free work flawlessly. I...
Luxury car features at a much lower price. Has rear view video monitor, wonderful sound system, leather interior, great ride, & I have had success in having the Bluetooth hands-free work flawlessly. It holds the road like it has claws. Very short turning radius - can zip into any parking place at the last minute. Dual-side Heater/AC works great. Instrument panel is logical and has bright display (but is dimmable if needed). Has surprisingly good storage with the seats down (Automatically!) I have had it a month, and I like this vehicle.
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Forester 2012.

by from Milford. Mi. on January 16, 2012

Great vehicle for the $$ great in the snow and just enough room for packages. The dealer added 2 year free maintenence.
Great vehicle for the $$ great in the snow and just enough room for packages. The dealer added 2 year free maintenence.
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GREAT CAR

by from Palmetto Fl on April 2, 2012

This is the best car I've ever owned.yes,it's new,but my last car(Honda element) did not impress me nearly as much at 3 months. Handles beautifully,comfortable,roomy...an awesome sized moon roof,plent...
This is the best car I've ever owned.yes,it's new,but my last car(Honda element) did not impress me nearly as much at 3 months. Handles beautifully,comfortable,roomy...an awesome sized moon roof,plenty of room in the rear and a decent ride for a car this size.So glad I bought this over a Rav4 or Tucson. overall a great product.
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best visibility of any similar car

by from Bloomfield, MI on August 23, 2012

I was disappointed in the newer small SUV's on the market because they all sacrificed visibility for style. All the Lexus wannabes have a sloped roof and the larger rear pillars (as well as those high...
I was disappointed in the newer small SUV's on the market because they all sacrificed visibility for style. All the Lexus wannabes have a sloped roof and the larger rear pillars (as well as those high headrests in the front and back seats) which make for large blind spots. I found it difficult to safely change lanes for lack of a clear view. I was actually amused that Mazda recognized the problem, but instead of redesigning the car to solve the problem, they added a blind spot sensor and alarm on the side mirror to let you know someone is there, even if you can't see him. The sloped roof also cuts the distance you can see behind your car. My Forester has virtually no blind spots! Also the hatch back area with the higher roof makes an adequate space for my 2 dogs to ride so I don't have dog hair all over my car seats. And the car doesn't look like all the others. A plus!
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My 5th Subaru

by from Steamboat Springs, CO on April 9, 2012

Where I live AWD is not an option – 7000 ft. altitude in Northwest Colorado, USA. That, and the great reliability I’ve always enjoyed with Subaru are two of the reasons I purchased the 2012 Forester. ...
Where I live AWD is not an option – 7000 ft. altitude in Northwest Colorado, USA. That, and the great reliability I’ve always enjoyed with Subaru are two of the reasons I purchased the 2012 Forester. I had been buying Outback’s, but went with the Forester this time because: it is a little higher off the ground, better visibility, easier to get in and out of, less snow jamming in the wheel wells. Although I didn’t buy it for outstanding gas mileage, I am happy nonetheless with what I am getting – 24 MPG mixed use, and 28 MPG on the highway. If I’m really carful and keep it under 65 MPH I can get 32 MPG on the highway. I think people who get less than 20 MPG with this vehicle must have a “lead foot”. My wife, 11 year old, and I just took a 600 mile road trip and all of us found the comfort level perfectly acceptable – including the seats. I think if you’re around average height you’ll find the seats comfortable too. The Forester is certainly not as quiet as my dad’s Cadillac, but I didn’t buy it for a quiet ride. I will change to Goodyear winter tires this fall and leave them on year-round. Other than that I will just drive this Forester for 2 years in hopes that a 4th generation debuts in 2014 with a 6 speed automatic transmission.
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A little disappointed with mileage

by from Chicago, IL on March 13, 2012

Very comfortable, sytlish. Love the panoramic moon roof as well as the audio options (CD, USD, Bluetooth, hands free phone). Nice speakers. Good headroom, legspace. Not a lot of cargo space. Mileage...
Very comfortable, sytlish. Love the panoramic moon roof as well as the audio options (CD, USD, Bluetooth, hands free phone). Nice speakers. Good headroom, legspace. Not a lot of cargo space. Mileage has been about 21mpg (i have about 70% city, 30% HWAY mix) so was expecting better performance. Overall satisfied, except for the mileage. My 03' Corolla probably spoilt me (30mpg City/40 mpg/Hway).
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Love my SUV

by from Tyro, VA on January 2, 2013

We noticed the Subaru was prevalent at the Farmer's Market we went to on Saturdays and now we know why. Absolutely love the ground clearance and comfort on the road!!
We noticed the Subaru was prevalent at the Farmer's Market we went to on Saturdays and now we know why. Absolutely love the ground clearance and comfort on the road!!
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