2009 Subaru Forester User Reviews

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Review
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    45

    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

    Pros: Everything amazing!

    Cons: No cons!

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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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

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

    Cons: 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.

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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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

    Pros: Fuel economy.  Cargo capacity. Reliability.  AWD.

    Cons: Lack of power.

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition Review
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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

    Pros: 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.

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

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited Review
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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

    Pros: 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...

    Cons: #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

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Review
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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.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great handling.

    Cons: 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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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited Review
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    Good — i liked the size, the space in the back, the turbo perfomance. i did not like the noise inside the car, louder than normal, the tire replacement issues adn the warranty is short except of course the powertrain is long enough

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: great handling in snow and rain! Decent mileage, large sunroof, turbo is really helpful living at 7200 feet

    Cons: all tires have to be replace if only one is damaged.

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Review
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    Love It, Would Buy Another — This car can plow through anything. From snow to mud to a stormy day. With AWD and and automatic with Sport-shift it makes this car a gem in the snow with the hill/mtns I have to encounter I love it!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Safe,AWD, airbags everywhere

    Cons: Foot heater needs improvement

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition Review
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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

    Pros: Good gas mileage, really hugs the road with the all wheel drive.

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

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    2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited Review
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    Lots Of Value And Fun And Reliability For The $ — Great fun to drive. Very quick, handles real well. Big upgrade over earlier Forster model. More comfortable and quieter. As always, Subaru reliable. This is our second Forester and besides brakes and tires, and regular oil changes, never has an issue.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Fun to drive

    Cons: If you want a large SUV Forster is small

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Overall, I Love The Car But Very Disappointed With The Oil Issue. By Patti

    I bought this car after having my last car for nine years - I was excited about having a new car; my first Subaru. That excitement was diminished very quickly when I had to add oil to it with only 1... Read More

    Fun, Efficient, And Surprisingly Sporty Family/multi-use Car. By akrohn2010

    This is a recent purchase, so will update with new impressions once we have them. So far impressed with the car's comfort, space, handling, visibility, and efficiency. Comparable MPG and practicality ... Read More

    2014 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Crap By migration_bobdavis73

    I like everything about the car but the engine and it's oil consumption problem. It is crap!!!! Subaru is ignoring its customers oil consumption problems. DO NOT BUY A SUBARU!!! I don't know how to... Read More

    Perfect Commuter Car That Is Great For Those Off-road Weekends. By coloradosubaru

    Loved the comfort, roominess, great gas mileage, rugged upholstery and dash, great sound. Performs great in snow, off-road, freeway, commuting. Amazing what you can fit when you lay down the backsea... Read More

    2013 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Great Family Car By pilotstevek

    This is a great family car with AWD capability. It handles well in the snow or on dry pavement. The engine is designed with color-coded items for people to self-maintain the car. The towing capacity i... Read More

    2012 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Wonderful Car! By Alfred520

    This car has been very reliable and fun to drive. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a comfy car with room for kids and groceries. I love the way that it runs in the winter it kept us sa... Read More

    2012 Forester 2.5 By JPSaleeby

    Have managed to put 15K on it in less than a year. No maintenance issues, but did have to replace the rear brake light lens as it was fogged up. Overall is a great daily driver and people hauler. U... Read More

    2011 Subaru Forester Reviews

    Good Car By olepolar

    Like most in this car. Personally, I have taken for a test drive a few Subarus at the dealership. The new 2014 are great feel but NOT at all different from 2011 and I like the interior accessories MUC... Read More

    Love My Subaru By moverover

    First time Subaru owner and loved it; we received great advice/support from Associated Sales in Marshfield and Kocourek in Schofield. This car was used for daily commuting and we never had a backache.... Read More

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