Forester Sport Eye Catching Small SUV
April 27, 2019
The Sport version with interior nicely stylized and roomy. Cargo area is adequate and can be extended by flipping down the rear seats. Safety equipment galore, it has Subaru's eyesight system that controls emergency breaking, lane departure (vehicle steers away from highway line if you get to close), adaptive cruise control (if vehicle senses that you approaching another vehicle it will slow down and follow at a distance you can control, car will return to saved speed once no vehicle is in front) with option of emergency rear breaking which my vehicle came with. Blind spot warning is a option you really need and is step above previous versions. The Forester Sport comes with a host of included options, driver electric seat, front heated seats, electric mirrors, one touch down/up front windows, panoramic moonroof, roof rails, apple CarPlay/Android car, 2 USB plugs in front and two for the rear seat passangers, reclining rear seats, hands free phone, heated outside mirrors and more. Additional options are Harman Kardon Speaker system, dimming review and side mirrors and automatic rear lift gate. The vehicle came with all these options which are nice since I am on the road at night quite a bit. Towing capacity is 1500 lbs.
The engine sounds taxed when accelerating and a bit noisy. Cabin is very quiet for this entry level SUV and handling is excellent, as well as the breaking. The LED lights are bright and the standard fog lights due an excellent job illuminating the sides.
The one thing I find annoying is the engine auto stop/start feature while stop at a light or in traffic. There's a way to cancel it out but you have to do it every time you start the vehicle. The other thing I found is the CVT transmission some time disengages abruptly when coasting. This is minor problem that should be taken care at the dealer. Had the same issue with another Subaru that I own, a change in the programming fix it. As most Subaru's vehicle they are All Wheel Drive but the Sport has an STI dumb down version on the center consul that you can appreciate if you live were it snows, mud and off roading. You also get with STI AWD a shifting preference STI (Higher RPMS before downshift, gives you the oomph when you need it and the regular. Both are control from the steering wheel.
The one thing I do recommend you do if you buy this vehicle, READ THE MANUAL. This vehicle is loaded with customizing features and you need to learn what all those buttons due, trust me just do it.
Overall I liked the vehicle and have already taken it on long trips, fuel economy is starting to hit 30 mpg in the highway, 27-28 in the city not bad. One nice feature with the gas door, no longer have to pull the a lever to open it just push the door to open. One thing the vehicle must be unlock and not running, another in your face safety feature.