Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Dallas TX
Car Year: 1998
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Is the 8.7" ground clearance in the 2011 a problem?
I have a '98 Forester. Yes, the first model. I bought it in '97. I didn't know much about Subarus (not many were down here Dallas, TX or where I'm from...Louisiana). The Forester changed all that. I see quite a few Foresters and Outbacks around town, now.
Anyway, my Forester has been hands down the best car I've ever owned. It's time for a new car, though. In looking at the new Foresters, I noticed that the ground clearance has swelled from about 6" to 8.7". Quite a difference! I have liked the 6" ground clearance....the car isn't too high, but still I get a couple extra inches to handle bumps, flooded intersections, etc. Perfect.
But the 8.7"....I don't know. It's like a "real" SUV, being so much off the ground. Concerned my dogs will have to jump too hard to get in and out. Concerned the extra height will make the car too bouncy. I test drove one, and I didn't notice that. I'm going to do a longer test drive. But I was wonderning what others' thoughts were about this. I guess some find the increased clearance a good thing?
1998 Forester L, automatic, white