How was your test drive of the vehicles?
When I begin shopping for a new vehicle it was the Forester vs CX-5 vs Outback did not even consider the turbo. Then I started looking at the BMW X1 turbo, premium gas (rated 33mpg highway, not going to get it see fuelly) it was expensive with no options, small storage, and a real stupid cup holder for the front passenger. So I decided if I was willing to buy that and buy premium gas I took a second look at the Forester this time the XT.
I placed my order yesterday for a 2015 XT Premium but my reasons will most likely not help you in your decision and shouldn't. My reasons premium gas is 20 cents higher then regular so I will spend $3 to $4 more a week. I wanted performance I have been driving eco-boxes for the past 8 years some fun but always lacking in power. And finally this is the fastest growing segment in vehicle sales in the USA with the CX-5, CR-V, Rav-4, Rogue, etc. yet in the past year I have yet to see a XT on the road so I will not see myself coming and going.
Good luck in your decision.