Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Colorado Mtns
Car Year: 2011
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
We've had our 2011 for a few months now and no regrets at all. We wanted a small safe and reliable SUV to get my wife up and down 10 miles and over 3000 feet of elevation for her daily drive in all types of weather conditions. We've taken it on a few day trips and just this last weekend we put just under 600 miles and that included hwy to a 12,000 foot mountain pass on gravel and dirt and even without having the turbo she powered up those switch backs as fast as I care to drive them. We averaged 25.6 mpg which I think was pretty good considering the whole weekend was spent above 6k feet, all of Saturday and most of Sunday was over 9k, so lots of climbing, but of course downhill driving also.
We haven't noticed any bad rattling that I see others mention, no oil consumption or other issues at this time (just hit 3500 miles since owning, 67k total). We didn't get it expecting anything from it that it doesn't have, like a great stereo system or interior but that is all cosmetic or things you can easily change. The passenger seat actually puts me to sleep almost anytime I'm in it, the drivers side could use a little something, not for sure what.
As long as it performs as well in the snow as everyone says it does then it's 100% the vehicle we both expected and wanted.