Looking to test drive a Forester, CX-5 and CRV. What made you decide on the Subaru?
I'm looking for a vehicle with decent seat height. Tires of legs out in front of me. Wife wants power but the 2.0 uses premium and gets less MPG. Forester weights less but has more power than CX-5. Not sure how it stacks up against the Honda.
I really like my dad's 2014 CX-5 GT w/ AWD - looks fantastic, drive great, really no complaints at all, it just didn't have all the bells and whistles that the XT Touring has. Don't get me wrong - the CX-5 is a great car - awesome fuel economy, looks great, drives great, really nice place to be. Another reason against the CX-5 is we're unsure of how it'll age in 10-15 years. The Forester has a more rugged/understated (boring?) style that we think will still look good in the many years we plan to have it. The Forester also has a FAR more comfortable rear seat - everything else in the class seemingly forgot about rear passengers and just put a slab of foam back there with some seat belts. The Forester seats are actually soft and supportive when you sit down and have back support... and the Touring trim ones recline a little (like an airplane seat). We figure we're going to be hauling kids in it for awhile so we should make sure they're going to be comfortable.
We skipped the Honda based on the looks. Never drove it because we didn't want to look at it. Exterior was weird (but not as bad as the Rav4) and the interior is just a black hole - no character, no contrasting colors, just black. Not for us.
We cross shopped the XT Touring, CX-5 AWD GT, and looked toward the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX200t but the lux brands were at least 10k more money to be outfitted the same and we didn't think it was worth it to get a "better" badge on the front at this point in our lives. Plus, BMW and Lexus weren't doing test drives at the auto show but Subie was, which won us over.
We just liked the looks, power, transmission, and interior of the XT Touring - it ticked all the boxes we'd ever want in a car at our price point ($30-35k). We splurged on Eyesight and nav because things like active cruise control help in traffic around here and collision avoidance would pay for itself after just one fender bender avoidance. Plus, the Harmon/Kardon stereo was a nice upgrade. And we wanted leather, and only the Forester offered brown leather in the non-luxury brands.
Overall, I think the '17 XT Touring is really punching above its weight class. Granted, I haven't driven a lux brand car, but I can't imagine they're *that* much better. The NX200t is just a tarted up Rav4 with a nice 4 cyl turbo for 240hp, so it can't be that much better, right?