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2017 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by mjd1123

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Reviewed: 2017 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 8-speed shiftable CVT AWD

Why the 2017 Subaru Forester?

Exterior styling

- Inoffensive and sedate - Fantastic visibility due to the design of the windows - very airy feeling cabin - XT model is essentially a WRX in crossover form but the styling gives no indication the car is a fast as it is! Truly a sleeper.

Powertrain performance

- Stellar 250hp 4 cylinder turbo with selectable sports modes. - Scary fun to drive fast. The engine is a monster. - Terrific acceleration and passing power.

Driving position & visibility

OUTSTANDING visibility - There is very little blind spot and parallel parking the Forester is very easy. This is an excellent crossover for someone living in a city - Very easy to park.


Subarus traditionally hold their value better than most cars

Safety & braking

Excellent crash test ratings

Why Not the 2017 Subaru Forester?

Front seat support & comfort

- Terrible front seat support - The cushions are too short - It's not noticeable on a test drive right away. I would not have bought the car! Test drive extensively! - Surfaces where your elbows would lay are too hard - I purchased foam pads to make it feel better. - Tall drivers like myself will struggle with the telescoping wheel's short extension range. - It is hard to get into a fully comfortable driving position. The memory seats in the XT help somewhat by retaining your seat settings if moved. - Front seat cushions are too short - Yes I said this twice - Front seat cushions are too short - Yes I said this THREE times! Subaru are you listening? The front seat cushions are WAY TOO SHORT!


- The cabin gets a bit noisy at high speeds from wind noise - The switchgear seems to use cheap feeling and sounding relays. Turn on your windshield wipers and prepare to hear a clicking sound from your dash. - Little rattles from various places and the car only has a little over 6,000 miles on it.

Controls and instruments

- Bewildering control setup - It's like 5 independent groups of people designed multiple user interfaces and slapped them altogether. No consistency! - Bluetooth audio controls are awful - Common functions still need you to use the touchscreen while driving - It's complicated and distracting.

Audio & nav systems

- Terrible navigation system - Maps lack details, the settings are awkward to configure and the voice reconigition system does not work well. - SD card based maps do not seem to get updated often. - If you use the SD card map you lose the ability to use the SD card slot for anything else. - Included apps on the nav system are lame and hard to use. - Navigation system is outdated!

Materials & workmanship

- Interior surfaces look good but they're very cheap. - Places where your body contacts are hard and uncomfortable. - Many pieces are installed loosely. - The area behind the steering column is totally exposed! Only a cheap piece of fabric hangs down to conceal the innards of the car behind the wheel. Zero refinement! - Lots of exposed bolts and attachments. - Steering wheel is too small. - Power rear liftgate is fussy to operate. - Lots of cheap clicking sounds in this car. - Door lock switches don't light up at night after you turn off the car. - No switch illumination aside from the drivers door. - Doors do not lock automatically - on a 2017 vehicle!

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Response from Member4475

6:17 pm April 27, 2017

Response from Member6232

3:31 pm June 28, 2017

Thanks for your review. I've been pondering whether I might purchase a new Forester this summer, or the 2018 Crosstrek, with its much-improved platform (to be shared with all future Subarus), interior, and infotainment system. I like the larger size of the Forester's interior, but, all things considered, the newer Crosstrek's improvements in the areas you describe as weak pertaining to the Forester might make it more desireable to me.


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