2009 Subaru Forester User Reviews

2009 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 21 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"awd" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"sound" 2 reviews

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broberts13 writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Review
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5

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Everything amazing!

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No cons!

broberts13
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Love The Car! Amazing Ride And Amazing Space! — I love everything about this car. It has amazing space and is very comfortable on long trips too. The cargo space is amazing compared to most other vehicles. Handles very well in all weather and great because it is all wheel drive. Love the look of the Forester SUV, Gas mileage is average. Gets true mpg rating.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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alicetheace writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition Review
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Good gas mileage, really hugs the road with the all wheel drive.

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Makes "pinging" noise after you turn it off. It is rather loud and lasts a few minutes

alicetheace
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Attractive, Comfortable, Safe, Good In All Kinds Of Weather — Great car to drive, lots of room for a stationwagon/SUV. Love the comfortable leather seats and large moon roof. Great resale value! Gas mileage in the 20s which is decent. Very attractive interior and exterior styling. Not happy with the "pinging" after turning the car off. Was told by the service department that it is just cooling down. It does it even if I travel only a mile or so. I have never had any vehicle sound like that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jcashland writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited Review
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4

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It is roomy and comfortable. Decent power for getting on the freeway or passing. The large sunroof is nice.  Great viability.  Heated seats

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It rides more cushy that the previous Forester, which has a sporty feeling to the steering and a firmer ride. Needs at least 91 octane fuel because of the turbo charger.

jcashland
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Comfortable Ride And Room To Carry Bikes, Dogs Or Camping Gear (or Groceries) — I liked being able to hold passengers comfortably, or carry cargo. Two bikes and some gear will fit in the back, and so will two dogs for trips to the dog park. The roof rails are great for holding different racks.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lago108 writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition Review
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A reliable, practical, well built car and I had no idea how comfortable it would be to drive.  There were so many times I missed my exit because I was just enjoying the ride.

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Stop and go city driving will give you low gas mileage - like 17 - 20.

Lago108
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It's A Wonderful Ride. — This car can go fast and I feel incredibly safe at 80 mph with no shimmy or shake. Getting out of tight spots is a snap the way it jumps on a dime and the handling is tight - so much fun to drive and comfy as a driver or a passenger. The puddle lights are a great addition when you're going someplace fancy. A great get away car with the dog or family - good camping vehicle,

Primary Use: Family transportation

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crr528 writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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5

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Extremely safe, very solid, great cargo capacity, handles very well and is reliable.

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Fuel economy (as compared to smaller, non-4-wheel drive cars), driver's seat lacks lumbar support for long drives, engine can get noisy on the highway, stereo is okay, but not great.

crr528
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Very Safe, Reliable Family Car — I can't think of a more perfect car for a family, particularly if you enjoy outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, skiing) and/or travel with pets - the cargo space is fantastic and the four-wheel drive gets you safely to your destination in any weather. The cons are primarily associated with any heavy, all-wheel drive vehicle: fuel economy isn't the best and maintenance costs tend to be higher than the standard sedan. But it can't be beat for function and safety and is a pleasure to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Fordtudor37 writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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5

Pros

Everything about it.

Cons

When you need tires you HAVE TO replace all 4 at the same time due to the electronically controlled AWD system. Services at 30K = $300, 60K = $600, $90K = $300, 120K = $600.

Fordtudor37
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Safe And Reliable Lite Class Family Suv — See Pro's and Con's. I will buy another one as this is our 7th Subaru since 1994 (all had over 100K before we moved on to another one) and recommend this car to everyone who cares about their family. This car amazingly got 32 MPG when we took a round trip to Florida in 2010 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Next time your near a hospital late at night, check out what cars the doctors and nurses (my wife) are driving. I know here in the North East you'll be surprised if it doesn't look like a Subaru dealership.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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GGordon writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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4

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Fuel economy.  Cargo capacity. Reliability.  AWD.

Cons

Lack of power.

GGordon
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Economical Awd And Cargo Capacity. — I bought this car brand new in July 2009. I have not had any trouble at all. It gets 25 plus MPG all around driving. It has fulfilled all the requirements I bought it for. It's more car than SUV, but makes that up at the gas pump.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bled writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Limited Review
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Pros

All around vehicle

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MPG not so good, but it's an AWD vehicle with the price of a regular one that gives you a safer handling everywhere at any time .

Bled
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Comfortable And Funn To Drive Vehicle. — It has a nice design, better than the new ones. Very good visibility. Good handling. Very very comfortable ride. Sport shift gives it a great sport like feel. Leather interior feels clean and warm seats makes you feel like u don't want to leave the car especially on cold mornings. Lots of interior room. And you got to love the sunroof.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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James_Private_Sale writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited Review
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Good looking small SUV that has good power and tight handling that is well behaved in bad weather. The XT Limited has comfortable seating for multi-hour trips. Unlike some other SUVs where the sunroof lowers headroom, there was plenty of clearance for someone up to 6'-2". Also the interior is roomier than appearance and the leather seats add a touch of sophistication to the interiors look...

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#1 Con (for me) Interior lighting: glaring blue at night even when dimmed. Why do car manufacturers insists on making interior lighting that looks like its fit for a night club?
--Gas mileage: with modest driving habits in combo city-highway commutes, it was lucky to get 23 mpg on premium fuel
--Noise: at highway speeds there was more road noise than necessary and wore on me when I was talking/listening with a passenger or are on a long road trip
--Interior: Map lights are to far forward making it impossible to see certain dashboard controls. Also this forward position causes the light to be in your face rather than your lap
--Interior: Glove box strut/damper completely made of plastic including attachment points on glovebox and needed to be replaced after modest weight broke it

James_Private_Sale
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So Close To Being A Great Ride — In the daytime on short trips its a perfect ride, good visibility, good looks, good power, good handling and a value at it's price. At night, when driving home from a weekend out of town or just a long day at work, the road noise and rediculous blue "look at me" dash lighting was too much and that's too bad for a SUV with so much potential. If you are someone who drives in the daytime, on short trips and often in bad weather, this Forester may be the perfect vehicle for you. If on the other hand you use this at night on dark highways or on long trips, the combo of noise and retinal burning blue lights may have you look elsewhere.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Victoria writes:
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Review
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Great handling.

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Stereo only goes up to 40.  Hard to listen to my ipod at full blast.  the head rests are not "pony tail" friendly

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Great For The Money! — The gear ratio on the manual transmission is lacking in the 5th gear, going up the mountain, i am constantly shifting between 4th and 5th. Gas mileage is awesome. I have had the rear reclining seat button pop out more than a dozen times, and the puddle lights are temperamental in regards to when they want to work.

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