Jul 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $21,794
Likes

Functional 4WD wagon, good reputation precedes it. Reasonable space, simple controls.

Dislikes

Feels cheap and noisy, with strange sounds from numb electric steering, 17 mpg is thirsty, 5-speed is vague, cloth upholstery unattractive and fragile, bland “sensible shoes” exterior styling.

Verdict

I liked earlier, chunky Foresters but this feels like a bloated, tinny version. Mileage completely unacceptable, since there’s a 37 mpg diesel engine available in Europe.

Fun to Drive
1.0 rating
Fun to Look at
1.0 rating
Overall Experience
1.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 17mpg