2004 Subaru Forester Overview


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4.65 stars

Based on 20 reviews

This Car Is Absolutely Fun! by Stephan
 — Acceleration from 0-100kph was about 6.7 seconds maybe faster. Note that this was the JDM model so it was actually faster than the import model. Braking was pretty good and handling was sweet (AWD).... Read More
Awesome Car. Hope It's Not My Last. by tr1athlete
 — Great car. The interior has nicely thought-out styling and design, with curves and circles that all tie together. With seats up and a wash, it's presentable for work. With seats down it's an excell... Read More
It Is Everything I Expected. I Love My Forester by Vicki422
 — I always wanted a Forester ever since they first came out. I finally purchased one just a couple of weeks ago and love it! I love driving it, being in it, looking at it. It is everything I had hoped f... Read More

2004 Subaru Forester Overview

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2004 Subaru Forester

Making fathers happy everywhere, the 2004 Subaru Forester adds a turbocharged model, easing the pain of of owning a safe, reliable suburban family car.  The 2004 Forester now comes in 2.5X, 2.5XS, and 2.5XT.  The XT hits 210-hp with the turbocharged 2.5-liter H4, which normally gets 165-hp.  A 5-speed manual and 4-speed auto tran are available transmissions.

The AWD Forester is praised for its performance in bad weather and road conditions, though low ground clearance and lack of low range gearing prohibit serious off-roading.  It also earns 5 stars from the NHTSA in front and side crash tests, thanks to dual front and side impact air bags, ABS brakes, 16-inch tires, and active head restraints.  Other nice features include a Hill Hold (which also can be turned off) to prevent rollback.  The base X comes with foglights, power features, folding mirrors, roof rack, intermittent front and rear wipers, cruise control, and keyless entry.  The XS and XT add on automatic climate control, heated seats, a 6-CD player, and leather-wrapped wheel.  On both the XS and XT, a Premium Package adds a nearly roof-length power sunroof and leather seats.

Rear seats split-fold 60/40 for 64 cubic feet of cargo room, which is still below the 2004 Forester's closest competitors, such as the RAV4 and CR-V.  But the turbo power is what makes the latest Forester fun to drive, with little turbo lag and lots of pickup thanks to the light weight of the compact SUV.  Drivers also like the car-like handling, quiet engine, visibility, and the reliable AWD performance.  Families like the high safety ratings.  Downsides include limited rear legroom, limited off-roading capability, and a non-intuitive climate control system.


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