2015 SUBARU FORESTER

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50,820 Miles
18,582
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 50820
Color: BLUE
Body Style: SUV
Doors: 4
Transmission: Automatic CVT
Engine Type: 2.0L H4 16V GDI DOHC Turbo
Drive Train: AWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Trevose, PA

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Option & Equipment

ABS and Driveline Traction Control
Anti-theft alarm system
Audio controls on steering wheel
Audio system memory card slot
Audio System Premium Brand Speakers: harman/kardon
Audio System Premium Brand: harman/kardon
Automatic front air conditioning
Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
Braking Assist
Bucket front seats
Cargo area light
Cruise control,4-wheel ABS Brakes
Cruise controls on steering wheel
Daytime running lights
Digital Audio Input
Driver and passenger heated-cushion
driver and passenger heated-seatback
Driver knee airbags
Dual front air conditioning zones
Dual vanity mirrors
Electric power steering
Express open/close glass sunroof
External temperature display
Fold forward seatback rear seats
Front fog/driving lights
Front reading lights
Front Ventilated disc brakes,1st and 2nd row curtain head airbags
Fuel Consumption: City: 23 mpg
Fuel Consumption: Highway: 28 mpg
Heated driver mirror
Heated passenger mirror
Heated windshield washer jets
In-Dash single CD player
Intercooled Turbo
Interior air filtration
Leather seat upholstery
Leather/metal-look shift knob trim
Leather/metal-look steering wheel trim
Machined aluminum rims
Manufacturer's 0-60mph acceleration time (seconds): 7.2 s
Max cargo capacity: 69 cu
Metal-look center console trim
Metal-look dash trim
Metal-look door trim
MP3 player
Passenger Airbag
Power liftgate
Power remote driver mirror adjustment
Power remote passenger mirror adjustment
Power remote trunk release
Power windows
Privacy glass: Deep
Radio Data System
Rear bench
Rear seats center armrest
Rear spoiler: Lip
Remote power door locks
Roof rails
Side airbag
SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite Radio
Speed Sensitive Audio Volume Control
Stability control
Suspension class: Sport
Tachometer
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Total Number of Speakers: 8
Transmission gear shifting controls on steering wheel
Trip computer
Turn signal in mirrors
Video Monitor Location: Front
Wheel Diameter: 18
Wheel Width: 7
Wiper park

Recalls & Defects

VIN JF2SJGWC1FH476401 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO-CHARGER

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 WRX vehicles manufactured April 10, 2015, to October 21, 2015, and Forester 2.0XT vehicles manufactured April 10, 2015, to October 20, 2015. The turbocharger air intake duct may crack and possibly result in an engine stall.


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Information about Dealer

Regular 15k miles maintenance

3.5
Mike on 11/02/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Quality Of Repair: 2.0

Generally speaking, 15k maintenance is not a big deal - change oil and filter, refill fluids and so on.Right after the maintenance inspection I realized I now feel every single road defect. These guys "checked" the tire pressure and it's now 47 (36 +/- is recommended) psi for the front tires and 45 on the rears. Again, it's not a big deal, but it's really strange. I do have more serious concerns with another vehicle I serviced there, the defect was fixed in a 3rd round.I'm pretty good with sales operations there, but think twice, before you service a vehicle in this dealership.

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4
  Based on 104 reviews

Subaru forester touring

4
IMAD on 10/21/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 3

overrated car in general,very poor soft brakes ( safe car!),cheap plastic material,rough ride not good for city driving,not worth 34k in my opinion,i wish i bought used Lexus RX for the same amount of money.

Good car

5
Chenxi Li on 10/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

It runs fun I love it. If the fuel efficiency can be improved, that's the best!

Practical suv

5
Pete on 09/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

2+ years and about 42k miles later, and no real problems. Great on gas for SUV, best visibility I've ever had in an automobile, and phenomenal AWD. Can't tell from outside but it has a ton of cargo space. I've used every inch of it multiple times. Fit my daughters dresser in it! Plain entertainment and comfort but I don't care for the bells and whistles. I want practical, safe, and fuel efficient. This car has it. Only ding on it would be that it burns oil. Fuel changes are every 6k with full synthetic, but I usually need to add about a quart around 4k.

Well Just Turn Me Over and Look at my Blue Teeth

3
Sioux Rogers on 09/09/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3

The car, Subaru Forester 2015 has a 'strange' habit of the engine not turning over but not flooding or grinding. This is an irregular happening, but often enough to be a scary pain. It is not related to time of day or weather. The dealership could find no problem. Well I said it was irregular. It can happen after I have been driving for awhile or first thing in the morning. The Blue Tooth will accept incoming calls but I can not give verbal commands to make a call. I must pull over to the side of the road and dial via my cell, then listen through the ' radio.' Another annoyance

Glad we chose this

5
Anita in Veneta on 08/23/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

It seems to have more room for storage in back than many of the SUVs we drove. It has zip on the road and feels like it really hugs the road.

Safety First

5
Pavel Posrednikov on 08/21/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Great little SUV, good on gas and very reliable. Was looking at CX-5 and RAV 4 but decided to go with Forester because the best all wheel drive system.

Love this vehicle.

5
Theresa Schmit on 08/18/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Wife loves this car

5
Ross Morrison on 08/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating: 22.9

When are 2001 Forester final wore out my wife said get me another red one I feel safe and in control even in the heart of Minnesota winter. I did with turbo and radar cruise control for me. Great decision love the car.

It's all wheel drive from now on!!

5
Wa Wu on 08/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Don't know why people go Ga-Ga over this

3
nonrev321 on 07/17/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 3

Have had a Subaru 2015 for almost a year now. Not impressed. At best average. Small display screen, Busy display with not much info. Not much storage in rear cargo area, less than my previous Prius. Air Conditioning can not keep up with the Florida Heat. ABS light has just come on. Its less than a year old and I'm getting an ABS warning light? Inside front driver and passenger storage design is very poor (Subaru - See Toyota for how to design for inside storage). Interior looked good at first but after owning it I notice more and more how cheap it was made. My advise is take the high ratings for Subaru with a grain of salt. I'm going to take my ass kicking and trade it in for something else

Why do people like Subarus so much?

2
Rob on 07/12/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

This is my first and last Subaru. I have a 2015 Forester. Bought it for the turbo. Accelleration is great, but the touring suspension is firm, leading to a lousy ride. Bluetooth rarely works the way it should - drops calls all the time. Interior quality is terrible. Vinyl on driver's seat is cracking. Dealer blamed me - said it was a sharp object in my pocket. It's a four inch rip - looks like a 20 year old car. Brakes are terrible. I hit them at high speeds and the rumble and shake. Dealer said they were working fine. It has been reliable, but the quality just isn't there. Seat belts with child car /booster seats are hard to fasten - so much for kid friendly cars. Maybe dogs are happier in Subarus. Paint is thin and the steel dents easily. Subaru dealers think they have good customer service, but they really don't. I've waited three hours for an oil change (and that's with an appointment). I'll be going back to driving Chevys again.

2 years 24k miles. best vehicle I have ever owned

5
joseph on 07/04/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

This is the best vehicle that I have owned! Do you want awd for rainy weather, snow, mud, etc? you got it. Do you want safety features? eye sight that helps to stop your vehicle before it crashes into something. if your sleepy it beeps when you start to cross your lane. Do you want easy of driving? I love cruise control but don't like getting close to slower cars. Mine has adaptive cruise control which automatically slows down and keeps a safe distance from the vehicle in front and speeds up when has the distance. 5 people fit in it but 4 is better for a long trip. took my 2015 forester from south Texas to the grand canyon. there were 5 and it was a bit tight. Sometime I take it awd in the mud and have a great time. Have driven on the beach of South Padre Island and it is great. Don't expect great gas mileage (I average 28) when in the mud and sand. Carefully drove up a steep mountain road in New Mexico when it was icy raining. I was happy to have my Forester.

I just bought my second one. I now own two!

5
Lloyd Evarts on 07/04/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Try it out , you will like it, insurance rates are likely to be lower too,

Rough ride, poor seats

2
Greg on 06/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating:

Bought our Forester in Nov. of 15. Our biggest complaint is the very uncomfortable seats. They are very hard and lack any amount of comfort. Long trips are nearly impossible with this car. The electronics are very confusing and difficult to figure out. We have never been able to get the garage door to sync with the car and the phone to work hands free. It has been reliable and is easy to get in and out of. Visibility is pretty good.

Fine Forester

4
Ned on 06/11/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Pretty much awesome. Ergonomics (based on only me) - seat level/posture and hands-to-steering wheel comfort - needs some tweeking. Also, heated or defogging side-view mirrors (like Honda has) would be a nice feature. Otherwise, GREAT car for the cost !

Oil free oil changes!

1
Cindy on 06/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

My car runs out of oil between oil changes. The dealer did an oil consumption test and told me I should be checking oil like they did in the old days, when pumping gas at each fill up. I run synthetic oil so I go between 6,000-7,000 miles between changes. Twice I have run out of oil after 5,000 miles. The first time I thought it was an error during the oil change. The next time I knew it was the car. The good news is I don't have to dispose of used oil... there isn't any. My husband drives a Chevy truck with over 100,000 miles and has never had to add oil. My boss bought two Kia's and they both have over 100,000 miles, no issues. My car has had break issues at 60,000 miles, front and back washer pumps replaced. Front axle replaced. Seat belt recall. Timing belt cover had a hole in it, had to pull engine. Now it drinks oil ... a lot. All of this before 100,000 miles. I have owned Subaru's for over 30 years. This will be my last.

Terrible on icy roads

3
Tammy L. on 06/04/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

Had high expectations when purchasing the vehicle as all the reviews were great.....!!! The first time I drove on icy roads I was extremely disappointed as I felt like I was sliding all over the road. You are only able to go about 35 mph and still feel like your in control. The vehicle has very poor traction on icy roads it fishtails all over the road. I also tried new better tires and that did not improve the problem. I am going to get rid of this vehicle as I do not feel safe driving on icy roads. I live in western MI where winters can be harsh.

Riding a Camel

3
Paulina on 04/10/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 2 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating:

This SUV sways with high wind and if your in an emergency situation where you have to slam on your brakes, it cruises and does not work well. I've experienced stepping on the brakes and feel like the wheels are riding on stones, but those brakes are 10-10....? For this rating, why would people need to provide author age, gender, or kids under 12?

2015 Fotester red ,poor exterior finish

4
J. E. Stone on 04/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

I bought my second Subaru knowing it would be reliable and hold some value. I chose a 2015 Forester. Color is a newer Subaru deep red. Mechanically the car has been as advertised so far. I am new to the CVT transmission but Subaru is not and they seem to have it right. My complaint is with the paint job. I have a 20 year old Ford truck that has less chips in the paint. The paint on this vehicle is the thinnest and poorest quality of any vehicle I have ever owned. This Subaru is the newest vehicle we own and with only 10,000 miles on it, looks older than any of our other vehicles. Thank you Subaru for eleminating another brand from the vehicles I would purchase! I will have to get rid of this one while I can still get something out of it and will never own another.

Subby

5
Jeff Dodson on 03/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Great car but heating system could be better

4
B Barnes on 02/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

We have owned our 2015 Forester for over a year, and have generally been very happy with our choice. Gas mileage is close to 30 mpg, which seems great for this size car. Front seats are comfortable, though the ride is considerably more bumpy for those sitting in the rear. Our only complaint is the heating system. We live in New England, so we need heat! The heating system is quite noisy at any setting above 1 (fan speeds are 1-4), and there doesn't seem to be much warm air coming out of the vents at floor level, so feet can be cold. Thank goodness we got the package with heated seats! My husband noticed that there is cold air blowing in through the glove compartment, so he improvised some insulation there. Subaru would do well to make some improvements in the heating system.

2015 Subaru Forester Overview

5
tjpillar on 02/05/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 5

My wife and I test drove the; Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Escape. In honesty the smoothness of the ride is probably tied for second with the Rogue losing to the Rav4. Does that mean its a bad ride? No! The Forester has a stiffer "sporty" suspension system but it was much better than the Escape and CR-V. The interior of the Forester is really great with materials and comfort of the seats front and rear. The outside noise isn't too bad to be honest, but I would say it could be a little quieter. There is plenty of space for all individuals. The sound system really is pretty nice especially since it wasn't upgraded or anything. The Forester has a lot of pep for a four cylinder engine with decent power to accelerate when you need and takes hills really well. When it comes to space within the Forester there is plenty for cargo and seems like tons with the back seats folded down. Whats super great is the minimal blind spots! You have such a wide back window and side windows with almost no obstruction to your vision and the side mirrors are located on the door to enhance viability of your surrounding. Subaru did a really good job on the Forester with safety (Look up the crash tests on YouTube if you don't believe me) compared to all other CUV's. Standard AWD is a great feature especially for those with crazy winters. My biggest "gripe" If we want to even call it that is the infotainment system. Talk about a pain having to put each contact from your phone in one at a time, yeesh. Most cars sync with your phone once your in the vehicle. Overall, the Subaru Forester is comfortable especially on long drives. Has great get up when its needed. Gas mileage is good! HWY from Southern California to Phoenix got me 32.9 mpg and back was 33.4 mpg (don't hear me complaining about that. Also we love how in the Forester there isn't an "ECO" button that chokes and compromises the car like the Nissan Rogue, Subaru just made a fuel efficient vehicle with decent power. Sound System is great! If you haven't at least test drivin' it to expand your options, you should as my recommendation. Yes we're at 11k mileage with a ways to go, but hey reliability right? EVERY company has a lemon once in a while, but I have talked to a LOT of longtime Subaru owners and they have all stayed Loyal and loved their cars except 1.

need leg warmers =)

4
Tom Hayer on 01/23/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: Value Rating: 4

our first subaru was a 2010 forester and we were quite happy with it so we bought a new 2015 forester and almost every thing is fine except 2problems.. 1. kinda minor,, the clock, blue tooth for phone and other tech stuff is complicated for non-tech person of age =( 2. when riding in the ohio winter weather and the heater is on , from the knees down to my feet,, both sides passenger and drivers side it feels like there are holes in the "fire wall" as our legs are COLD..... I am very disappointed with our dealer service department because they tell us there is nothing wrong.. well I assume they have it in a service garage and not out on the road moving,, so of course the mechanic (in the heated garage) can not feel a problem.. I will call and have to drop it off again for them to look at,, very inconvenient for us as we both work,, this is our 2nd forester and our son is on his 3rd subaru sedan in 5 years... I just wish there service department and the subaru company them selves would take these things serious before we get our next one.... Any one else having these problems ??????? our first

Five months of ownership

5
manuel garcia on 01/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

In five months I have put over 11,000 miles. It is a limited demo model had 5000 mile when bought. The main reason I bought the forester and not the rav 4 or the crv was the seats, especially the driver's seat. It is very comfortable yet firm. I hope I am not jinxing my car but so far the vehicle runs great.

Japanese Volvo

5
paul on 01/13/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

This car is well thought out size & space wise. The ride& handling is quite good. Interior is well thought out both size & layout of controls. I drove this car for several hundred miles & the seats are very good. The engine had enough power for the flat terrain I live in, the test will be in the very hilly & snowy area my son lives in.

Perfect combination between performance and price

4
Martin Nunez on 01/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I have been leasing 8 cars in the last 11 years. I like sportiness and performance. Since my doctor and my business pushed me to have an SUV, I could not find any great balance among performance, price and utility until I found the 2015 Subaru XT touring. I do not like turbo lag. I had a 2013 BMW X1, an 2015 Acura RDX and a 2012 Sorento EX V6. All three are very good vehicles but in terms of design and utility. But, on performance they have their cons. BMWs suffer from turbo lag, engine thinks 2 seconds before the turbo kicks in, cargo space is minimal. The RDX engine is great but the transmission is hesitant when you need to pass a car. Sorento V6 is good but power decreases on high RPMS and is consumes more gas among all (17mpg) . I was hesitant on the CVT when I tried the XT. Previoulsly I had an 2008 Impreza WRX and a 2011 Legacy GT Turbo that were great on power but both had manual trasnmissions. Acceleration on XT is excellent specially on S1 and Sport Sharp mode. There is no turbo lag. I've got 6.4 seconds from 0 to 60. Same as the X1!! 0-60 Times were 7.3 for the RDX and 7.1 for the Sorento. Forester XT acceleration is linear and no hesitation at all. I am very happy, visibility is excellent, have double cargo space than the X1 and same as the RDX. Premium sound is great ( Harman and Kardon 400 watts), Power tailgate and navigation are efficient. Nothing is perfect: Seats are hard and not supportive enough. Bluetooth sync with phone is delayed sometimes. Backup camera screen is too small and no blind spot system. In summary if you need great performance on an SUV and good space you do not need to spend 40k or more on a small BMW such as X1 o X3, Audi Q5, RDX or Sorento V6 (smaller, pricier and less powerful). I wish in the future we can have more colors available such as ferrari red or neon blue for the XT.

2014 Subaru Forester - Failed Transmission

1
Amanda on 01/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating: 1

My problem started in May 2015 with approximately 30000 on the car. The car didn't want to accelerate when first starting. When stepping on the gas the vehicle lurched forward. I took it in to Subaru three times and they told me this was normal with their CVT transmissions. Finally at about 40000 I took it in a fourth time and I'm told I have a failed transmission. this was based on anise they heard coming from the engine. Subarus exact words and what is written on my diagnosis. I'm no mechanic but that makes no sense to me. They gave me an estimate of approximately $9,000 to repair. The vehicle has a 60k power train warranty. You would think Subaru would replace it under warranty. Nope. They are trying to not honor my warranty and stick me with the bill. I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle and with Subaru customer service. I told Subaru I didn't feel safe driving this vehicle with my three year old child. Subaru offered to reimburse my $30 per day for 5 days of s rental vehicle. My five days are up and I have yet to receive any response from Subaru Corp. Unacceptable Subaru!

Poor Heating

4
John Meyer on 12/30/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3

This car reminds me of cars I owned in the 50's when I had to put cardboard in front of the radiator to get heat in the winter. When it is cold out,10 degrees or cooler never can get warm, and never have to turn down the heat in the car. Wish I could turn it up. Lots of good features, but if you are not warm in the car, the other features aren't worth it.

Love it!

5
Linda on 11/21/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Not normally a "review" gal but I had to defend the Forester. My prior car was a Hyundai, relatively new, that felt like a bucket of bolts compared to the Forester. If you are looking for glitz go somewhere else. If you want a smooth ride with fantastic driver field of vision and feeling SAFE in your car, you should take the time to drive it. I have had mine for 5 months and love it. I have been consistently beating the predicted gas mileage. My very tall husband fits with room to spare. Actually, he leaves his E350 home for my Forester every chance he gets. If that isn't an endorsement not sure what is.

Oh no! Tech no!

4
Linda on 11/05/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating:

The computer system on this car is appalling. When I called to figure out how to change the time (Daylight Savings) because I couldn't understand the directions in the owner's manual, the service person who answered the phone said, "well, it's complicated." No kidding! The service tech tried to walk me through the toggling and the hold it for five seconds, etc. Still didn't get it done...I said FORGET it! I'll wait until it changes again! Don't buy a Subaru if you think technology will be simple...it's NOT....WHY do they make it so difficult? On my Toyota, you change the H on the clock and that's it! Come on now...you shouldn't have to have a technology degree from Harvard to understand how to change you clock in your car! I did it on my microwave, my oven...Please make the technology consumer friendly!! Then someone tell me how to change my clock without taking a course in computers!

Acorns easily dent hood

4
James May on 11/03/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 1

I was very dismayed to find numerous dents in the hood of my new Subaru Forester. The cause? Acorns falling from the oak tree in my yard. Not large acorns but about dime-size. While it a wonderful idea to improve fuel economy by reducing weight through the use of aluminum, but a stronger aluminum alloy would easily prevent damage from minor debris like acorns. I now face hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket to replace the hood. And I can look forward to repeating this expense annually.

Great all round family SUV

5
Amarin on 10/17/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

We have owned ours for 2.5 years and have put 17,000 miles on the clock. Its reliable - no problems at all so far, everything still works. We average about 300 plus miles on a tank - city/highway combined. The features that truly stand out - amazing visibility from the driver seat, lots of headroom, love the standard rear view camera. Comfortable ride but with a fair amount of road noise but not terrible. Rear seat room adequate for car seats however front seats cannot be pushed all the way back if you are tall and have a rear facing car seat behind you. Adequate rear storage space although cheap plastic used over wheel arches - broke when I pushed in a stroller. Overall we are very happy with this purchase and plan to keep for at least 5-7 years.

Northeast driver

4
alan Jackman on 10/16/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

Overall, positive experience. no problems with the engine oil. 11,000 miles in 7 months and two oil changes. agree the sunroof noisy over 40 mph and usb cord location inconvenient. sunroof and usb cord location not one of my key car purchase criteria. for day to day activities, forester easily excels. mpg over 31 in mixed driving. Purchased forestor knowing the 4 cylinder acceleration, storage, seating for 6'2" comfortably, awd capability, other competitors in the price range and general safety record. also own 2014 forester with 19,000 miles. All the above applies for the 2014 version except the mileage less (29). Wife loves her forester. happy wife happy life.

Run, don't walk away from the 2015 Forester!

2
tcwilkinson on 10/14/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3

I have put about 14,000 miles on the car and it drives great and handles well. The mileage is quite good with about 27 mpg average but on the highway it can get nearly 40 mpg if you keep your speed down. Engine power could be described as adequate but not really sufficient for mountain driving with most grades requiring down shifting into 4th gear. Interior room is good and the sunroof is nice but noisy over 55 mph. I am 6'1" and the drivers seat does not fit me all that well but my wife loves it. The rear seat room is much improved over older models and head room is quite good as well. I would rate the fit and finish as very good, the doors close with precision and a light touch and wind and road noise are low. The sheet metal is very thin and acorns will put dents in the hood so be careful where you park. The 6 speed manual transmission is nice as long as you don't try fast shifts as it will balk or go into the wrong gear. One thing some drivers may not like is the lurid red instrument lighting. Red is good as it does not impact your night vision like blue does but it is jarring. Now the bad and it is really bad. Major oil consumption issues from new ending up with a quart every 900 miles or so after 5,000 miles. Subaru did put a new short block in it but the new engine already has been removed to replace a bad rear main oil seal which was leaking all over my garage floor. Once that was done it still leaks oil and now the engine pings badly. The dealer has been unable to find and correct the oil leak. Update - The dealer in Fresno destroyed my second engine by putting way too much gasket sealant on gaskets which blocked oil flow and DESTROYED the engine. Subaru of America finally had another dealer install a new engine which has been good so far (about 10k on this engine). After THREE engines in 9 months we seem to finally have an engine that runs properly and does not use too much oil. The latest engine does use a quart or so between changes but I guess I will have to live with it. Be forewarned about the oil consumption issue and be wary of certain Subaru dealers in Fresno, Ca!

Great Car

5
Barry Davies on 10/06/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Purchased this car new in July 2015. I driven this car to Yellowstone, The Badlands and North Carolina this summer and fall. Averaged over 30 mpg on all three trips. Car drives great on the highway and I have been receiving 29-30 mpg around town. Despite some reviews I read about this car using oil, my car has not used a drop in between 2 oil changes. Highly recommend this car. Just turned 36,000 miles this September 2016. Car still getting 29/31 miles per gallon in the city. Have not had a problem so far.

Disappointment

3
Pamela Rusweiler on 09/29/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 3

I did much research before making a decision for Subaru; safety is very important and I thought the Forester was my answer. I am extremely disappointed with three major issues! First the interior light in the cargo area does not come on automatically; you must locate the switch, in the dark, and turn it on. Good luck!! Secondly, the USB plug is so inconvenient being located in the center console one must remove the tray to even get near it then trying to plug the cord in is nearly impossible!! Lastly, I wanted a sun roof desperately......however, the noise from the roof being open is unbearable!!! I cannot enjoy my sunroof .... Wasted money and extreme disappointment!!! Little annoyances......the AC seems to be on or off. I cannot testify to the heat because I only leased the car a few months ago. The Bluetooth is loud ...... Very good for those who are hard of hearing but annoying for others and sometimes does not connect. Tight fit in back seat especially with car seat. My husband is 6'4" and he is not real comfortable in the front....never fit in back. Overall I am disappointed ..... I expected more for my money.

Peppy ride and easy on fuel, excellent value

5
Lorne Muir on 09/24/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

I previously had a Ford pickup which I really loved except the gas mileage and my son needed a vehicle. So, as I just went over 200k miles on that - I passed it off to him. For me, I wanted something that got at least 30 mpg overall, and preferably had a higher ride profile. So, the smaller SUVs or a Crosstrek. I don't really care about fancy and I don't need navigation, 12 speakers, or a sunroof (not in Florida). I really didn't want anything with a turbo in it - a potential future maintenance issue (which knocked off the Escape from my list). So, I was looking for basic. I test drove several vehicles; last one being a Toyota Rav 4 - which was a nice vehicle but had too many blind spots. Plus, it had lots of bells and whistles I did not need (3 day weather forecast button and 32 station programming . . . what and why?). So, I went to my local Subaru dealer and jumped in the base model Forester and within the first mile test driving knew this was it for me. So, pulling out various papers; TrueCar pricing, Edmunds and others, we settled on a price. Unfortunately, they did not have one in the color I wanted and I had to order it - no worries though, 2 weeks later and I had it - my first Subaru. After 14 months of driving, what I really like about the vehicle are the following; the visibility is very good and that was important to me, The handling on very wet roads is excellent (the AWD was not something I was looking for in a vehicle - it is a pleasant bonus), the acceleration is plenty good, the room/storage inside is very good (my dog enjoys it), the maintenance is covered by the dealer for 2 years . . . nice !, the gas mileage is great !! I have actually averaged 35.5 mpg on a trip (all highway). So, lots of good things ! I am a very happy owner. I am averaging 31.2 mpg and my driving is approx. 40% highway, 30% city and the other 30% is country driving (not highway and not city, steady 45 mph stuff, not many lights/stop signs). I have 15k miles on it after 14 months. The only negative thing I can say about the vehicle is that the paint is too thin! We have many dump trucks in Florida and they are suppose to be tarped/covered but many tarps are nothing but rags and if you get stuck behind one . . . . and I have, and I now have several little chips on the hood and fenders where the small stones have chipped the paint to the metal . . . yikes. I have waxed it several times and hoping that will keep rust at bay. But the paint is thin. The only other minor issue, living here in the heat, is the overhead storage for the sunglasses gets pretty hot and I now have a ritual to hold the sunglasses in front of the AC vent to cool before putting on (very minor thing as I could put them in a case before putting in storage hold). Overall, I think the Forester is an excellent vehicle. Gas mileage, visibility, peppy engine, handling is all very good. And it has a very high safety rating. I definitely would buy again and recommend to others. Paint issue, while I think it should be improved by Subaru, is not that big a deal. But, given that it is advertised as a adventurous-type vehicle; camping, nature, pet-friendly, etc. You would think the paint could handle roughing it some.

Solid and fun to drive

4
NYS Driver on 09/12/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: Value Rating: 5

I've had this SUV for 9 months and 12000 miles. So far, no maintenance problems except for a slight vibration noise coming from somewhere behind the steering wheel/dash that you can hear at low speeds (under 30 mph). My mechanic thought it was a loose spring in the steering column, where the tilt assembly is, and a mechanic at Subaru thought it was a "loose latch" under the hood. She and I thought she had fixed it, but after a few days of silence the noise came back. It is a minor annoyance. Otherwise: body is stiff and ride is bumpy at first, but it smooths out considerably after about 5000 miles, and at this point I would rate it as smooth and enjoyable. Handling is a bit jittery at very low speeds (maneuvering through parking lots), which takes some getting used to. I find the steering to be excellent (at least compared to my former car, a 2000 Toyota Camry), making it fun to drive. Acceleration is very adequate: you don't get a sense of power to spare but you don't struggle to get from 40 to 60 or 60 to 80, either. It is crisp and swift. Traction was good through last winter (2014-15) in the Northeast (which was bad) although I drove slowly on icy roads. The wheels may have slipped here and there but the vehicle did not lunge or swerve. Gas mileage is excellent for an SUV, about 32 mph combined. Radio and CD player are very average. Visibility is excellent and general cabin atmosphere is nice with the extra light. Air conditioning seems about average, not icy but comfortable at temperatures over 90 at the second to lowest fan setting. Engine power while AC is running is surprisingly good; you don't really notice a difference. Storage capacity is fine; limited horizontally but compensated for with extra height.

UPDATE: At 20,000 miles and about 15 months, I have still had no mechanic problems and find the ride to be smooth and enjoyable, with adequate power and acceleration. Heating, ac, windshield wipers, etc. all work as they should. I've also had no problems with excess oil consumption. I've been changing the oil at 5,000-mile intervals, and checking it at 2,000 miles, and have only seen slight consumption at the point it is ready to be changed.

not safe! intermittent temporary loss of power.

1
Babs Eddingt on 08/26/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

not safe: intermittent temporary loss of power up to 4 seconds! service department ran diagnostic test and then refused to acknowledge the problem and stated the car is safe to drive.I refused to drive it and traded it in for a Honda CRV. I was very disappointed in Subaru. FYI!:recently Subaru had recall for this problem!

Never Considered Subaru

5
Adam on 08/21/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

I've had my 2015 Forester for almost an entire year now and I'm at 17,000 miles. When I was shopping for a new vehicle, I didn't even consider Subaru. The day I went test driving all of the vehicles that were on my list, I was highly unsatisfied with everything that had happened at other dealerships, and on a whim, my parents were like "WELL LETS CHECK OUT SUBARU!!!" The knowledgeable sales people, warm environment, and the "quality you could feel" with the Forester is what sold me. The giant glass sunroof is also an extra perk. During the winter months, I made it EVERYWHERE with complete confidence. And I even tested out X-Mode on my friends extremely snow-covered driveway.....it works flawlessly. Highway MPG is also fantastic. I average 32-35. I highly recommend this vehicle or any Subaru. They have a feeling like non other. So far, no complaints.

Overall love it

4
Timothy on 08/18/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I've had my 2015 Forester for a year and a half now and overall it's a great car for the price. I got the base model in Manual transmission for a couple of reasons: 1) the price was very good, 2) I live in New Hampshire and wanted an SUV with AWD through the seasons that gets good gas mileage, 3) I wanted a reliable car with plenty of storage space. So far, this car has met all of my expectations. The Bluetooth system, despite a lot of negative reviews, I find very simple and very handy. It connects to my smart phone as soon as I turn the car on, the voice activation works with decent pronunciation, and being able to play music off of my phone is awesome. By far the worst thing about it is that I have to add or change my oil roughly every 3,000 miles. The only other issue was the hitch only comes in a 1.25" so I had to get a 2" adapter for my Thule bike rack which makes it a little more bumpy than I would like but to be fair it works completely fine ( just took it on a 2,000 mile trip on interstates and it was fine). One of my favorite things about the car is the visibility from the drivers seat. The windows are massive all around and the driver's seating position (I'm about 5'10'') gives you the best vantage point and visibility of the road out of any car I've driven. It's hard for me to drive any other car for the visibility factor alone. The two other cars I drive frequently are my girlfriend's Honda Civic and my dad's Honda CR-V and I feel much more comfortable on the road in my Forester because I can see better. The last thing that I would like to praise because I think it is very underrated in Subaru is the functionality of the dashboard. My Forester is a base model so it doesn't have a screen for the dashboard which I love. Every button is where it should be in my opinion, and it is very easy to use while driving especially in comparison to Hondas dashboard, which I find very irritating to use while driving. Overall, I am very pleased with my car. It does great in the winter (even without winter tires), I get an average of 28 MPG most of the time (over 30 on highways), the cabin is very spacious which is a huge plus, the handling is great and the engine does well at high speeds, the interior is smartly designed and comfortable, the exterior is very attractive, and it fulfills all of my needs especially for the price.

This is the most dangerous bluetooth around!

4
kilowatt3544@yahoo.com on 08/17/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 3

Update: "There is still no way out of this fiasco without either buying a new vehicle, or installing an updated version of an entertainment system to the tune of thousands of dollars. Took it to the dealer and they were still no help. Thought about a new Subaru, but why should I reward a company that has no compunction about selling a piece of crap system in the first pace? If they at least offered to install a new system, that would make all the difference in the world!" This vehicle is not a bad SUV, but there are some features that are so frustrating and aggravating that I have been severely tempted to get rid of it. The so-called phone feature is the worst on the market and should be a forced recall due to safety concerns. It takes 9 steps to insert a phone number by voice, and six by your phone. There is absolutely no way in which to download your contacts for use that does not include having to try it over and over. I have more than 350+ numbers in my phone and it is a daunting task. I have only managed to get 4 numbers in my cars memory so far, and that took over 7 hours and 4 different people trying to do it. You also cannot use the speed dial feature if you are moving! What the HELL kind of safety feature is that?! You have to dig on your phone and search for a name and it isn't easy. Not having this feature is bad, and a concern for me and others as to how UNSAFE this unit is.

Depends on your priorities

4
JerseyG on 08/14/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3

Gas mileage - awesome; nothing better out there. Sturdiness - OK, feels very lightweight like a tin can. Handling - very good. A/C - worst of any car I've ever driven, blows hot air at least 60% of the time; sucks cause I live in Phoenix :( and dealer claims it's due to "large cabin volume". Seriously? I've had bigger cars that do just fine with that. Eyesight accessory - love it. Trunk also slow on mine & sometimes doesn't work. Overall mixed feelings but probably wouldn't buy a car with crappy A/C ever again.

3 months / 5000 miles - Great Car!

5
Pearly White on 08/13/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 5

Purchased car in Auburn, Washington, and had the best customer experience ever in over 40 years of car buying. Took a road trip to Yellowstone and was very satisfied with performance, handling, standard radio system. Averaged over 32 mpg on a trip that was mostly highway driving, but, included mountains and a few days of backroad touring on paved roads. Around town mileage is somewhat lower, but, averaging better than 24 mpg in suburban driving. Only disappointment so far is air conditioning effectiveness - cooling is marginal in direct sun when over 90 degrees (perhaps due to untinted windows on base model). Not a single mechanical problem has surfaced so far. Very satisfied with the car and ownership experience to date.

Never another Subaru don't ever buy this car

2
H8tingsubaru on 08/12/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 3

We had a 2014 Forester, after about a year wanted to get some upgrades. After some looking we decided to stay with the forester and get a 2015. Now after only 13k miles and 8 times in the dealer tech has come to this conclusion on 2 issues. Issue 1. Our ac fan will not stay on high for more than a couple mins. They have said the car is not designed to have the fan on high for min than a couple mins. From there on it will cycle from high to about every 2 seconds. Really!! It gets better. Issue #2. When you step on the gas the car will not go over 15 or 20 mph for about a quarter to half mile. I am told that I should not expect the car accelerate continuously. Due to the cvt I should let my foot off the gas for about 10 seconds then try to accelerate again. I have nearly been in 4 accidents, I am going guess in the near future there are going to a lot more problems. And of course the bucking and rough idle normal too. This car is junk. Do not buy it.

Good car, lousy accessories - yes, the hitch sucks

4
Kumar S on 08/11/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I wish I had read the review above before I installed the Forester OEM hitch. I like the Subaru Forester. I like it enough that I have driven it 20,000 miles in the nearly 18 months (bought it early May 2014). I am not too crazy about the (lack of) pickup speed, but I knew that getting in. I bought the limited edition with EyeSight. I love EyeSight. It has saved my wife and myself enough number of times. Adaptive cruise control is such a nice feature on Hwy 5. The car is spacious, the moon roof is very nice and it feels and handles like a very safe car. The automatic lift gate has a mind of it's own. It is very slow to open and often would just emit out an annoying beep sign without opening. The less said about the touch screen, the better. The 2016 Forester has a much better touch screen is what I hear. I wish I had read the review about regarding the trailer hitch. I was stupid enough to ask my local Subaru dealer to install the OEM hitch. The $400 price for the hitch and $280 to install must have been a warning, but I wanted to get this installed before summer was out and being too lazy to find out who else can install a hitch and what to read about, I installed it. The OEM trailer hitch is worth its weight in human manure. It's class 1, comes with a 1.25" hitch. To make this worse, the pinhole is too far close to the front opening that only ONE Yakima bike rack is blessed to work with it. I needed a bike rack that will take 4 bikes. There are a few bike racks that will work with a 1.25" hitch, but all of them need a class 2 hitch, which this "pile of human dung" isn't. I wish my local service adviser was good enough to point that out to me - but I won't blame him if I walked in with a big loser sign in my forehead. Unlike the reviewer above me, I couldn't get this hitch to work, even with the crappy blessed Yakima bike rack. I begged my local dealer to take the hitch back, I will eat the $280 installation charges. I am getting a class 3, 2" trailer hitch installed by U-Haul for $215 (total, including labor) and will install an appropriate bike rack that will support 4 bikes on it. I will return the bike rack and pray that the dealer refunds me the $399 at least. Like the reviewer above, I am so pissed with Subaru. I trusted Subaru and I trusted that the $700 hitch would be the best in it's class and work magically with all accessories. The fact that it's the worst piece of crap out there and seriously crippled by Subaru has left me very very very unhappy. I refuse to part any more money to Subaru going forward. I have pre-paid my services up to 48,000 miles (did I mention the loser sign before?), once that's done, I will avoid Subaru and it's over-priced dealerships for the rest of my life. I have recommended and my family & friends have bought 3 different Subarus based on my recommendation, but no more. Subaru - you have lost a potential life long customer because of your stupid crippled accessory.

Brakes over heat on long down hills

3
Bob on 08/11/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 3

No engine braking in L unsafe on long hills , very unsafe if car is loaded. Brake rotor temps read around 350 -500 degres Shifting from M to L is like sticking your hand out the window . Word is that this transmission is not sold in Europe because of the mountains . Subaru must think that their customers now live with no hills !

No Love For My Subaru Forester

3
Karen on 08/05/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 3

If you are considering a 2015 Subaru Forester Do Not waste your money! Had my new Subaru for 1week. Bluetooth technology does not pair with my year old Mini Android. Phones that do pair have poor connectivity. Comfort is okay Harmen Karden speakers okay ride and gas mileage okay. Subaru not worth the money. I am SO I traded my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited for this Subaru. I can not wait to dump it!!?

Mostly a disappointment

3
Bill Vallante on 07/22/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 3

2015 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Turbo purchase late in 2014 - This is my first and my last Subaru. On the plus side, it handles and accelerates well and its safety record is (according to everything I've read) exemplary. On the downside, having just driven it through one of the worst winters we've had in these parts, I honestly don't see how this vehicle's symmetrical all wheel drive system is any better than any other SUV I've driven. I was not impressed. And Subaru's technology is both archaic and dyslexic with the Bluetooth being pretty much useless. When I tell it to dial a number, it repeats the number back to me and it ALWAYS gets the number wrong. The dealer has told me to speak louder - tried that, didn't work. Then they told me to speak softer - tried that, didn't work. Then they told me to turn off the fan - tried that, didn't work. Receiving calls while driving isn't a problem, but given the state of the Bluetooth system, when I want to make a call, I have to pull over and do it the old fashion way. Gas mileage is not at all as advertised. 23mpg city is an absolute fantasy. The reality is more like 15-18mpg. Throw having to use premium gas on top of that and you have one more reason I won't be buying another Subaru product. Air conditioning is ok, until the temperature hits the mid 80s. Then you sweat. Supposedly high end Harmon Kardon system fades in and out. Also had a tough time getting the rear hatch to open. Three different ways to open the hatch but none of them is manual. I've had occasions where all 3 didn't work and had to bring it back to the dealer. All in all I bought the Forester because of all of the great things I've heard about Subaru products. Sorry, I just don't see it. No more Subarus for me.

Can't wait til the lease is up

3
Jack on 07/16/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating:

MPG is a joke. We are averaging 13-15 mpg. Dealer says nothing is wrong with the car. My v8 4x4 extended cab silverado gets that kind of mileage. We are disgusted at this point.


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