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Subaru Forester (2012)


  • Excellent access and egress.
  • High ceiling with good seating level.
  • Excellent crash test results.
  • Excellent reputation for durability.
  • Full-time, all-wheel-drive.
  • Excellent visibility.
  • Good ground clearance.
  • Very usable, squared off cargo area that shuns fashion for practicality.
  • Old folks like it.


  • A bigger car now--used to be a very compact, practical hauler. Creeping up in size.
  • Felt a little bit tinny to us.
  • Only so-so fuel economy: 21 city, 27 highway.
  • Optional turbo charged engine requires premium fuel.
  • Cheap looking interior.
  • Noisier than one would want—and, remember: It’ll only get noisier as it ages.
  • Small, confusing audio controls.
  • Very usable, squared off cargo area that shuns fashion for practicality.
  • Old folks like it.

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