Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Vancouver Island
Car Year: 2009
Car Model: Forester
I have not had any issues with the ground clearance. Overall height is still less than our Sienna, so the Forester is still a nice, small, nimble CUV. The extra room in the current generation vs previous is nice too. It is just right for getting in/out of, and as for the rear, unless the rear seat on the Sienna is folded down, it is easier to get things in/out of the back of the Forester, so hopefully your dog will be fine with that too. Just make sure you get the rear bumper step guard to help with traction for your dog, and to protect the paint on the bumper.
A good test drive is a must too, as only you can decide if you like the "new" Forester.
2009 Subaru Forester Touring Edition, AT