Thanks for the support, everyone... Yeah, the current plan is to ride out the depreciation hit for 2 years.
, funny you mention BMW! I'm hoping to get an M2, either a lease return or, if I've leveled up sufficiently in life, a new one. Gonna ride out the Forester for a little bit to make sure I really don't like it ;)
I actually researched what I wanted for over a year, and the XT checked off a lot of boxes on paper. But I only took two short test drives and really underestimated how much I'd miss manual transmission and low-end torque (had a Infiniti G37 Sport 6MT before this).
Do I regret my Forester XT? No!
But...the purchase of my XT was a result of regret from the last car purchase. I previously had a 2012 Legacy 3.6R that I regretted the day after I bought it.
I initially liked the Legacy for the "nice" interior (I say that lightly, because it's a Subaru), Harman Kardon radio, front leg room, and torquey 3.6 motor.
But I really disliked the driver seat comfort (changeable), it lacked some higher end features (keyless access, backup cam, adaptive cruise, etc), and I missed having a wagon/hatch (not changeable).
So I put up with the Legacy for 2 years, and I finally just pulled the trigger on the XT. But this time, I didn't want buyer's remorse. I researched and test drove a ton of other options (almost drove my fiance crazy, but she's a rock star and understood
), and ultimately landed on the XT. I still don't like the driver's seat comfort, but that is being remedied by a Recaro
I should also note that I also have a FRS, so when I want to run through the gears and enjoy a spirited drive, I hop in that.
If I was in your case, I would NOT drive a Subaru. AWD isn't necessary in CA, and there are a ton of great FWD and RWD options out there. If I was in your case, I would either:
1. Get rid of the Forester and research, and buy something that better suits you. (it's only going to depreciate faster)
2. If your budget allows, and you think you might enjoy the extra space of the Forester eventually, pick up a 2nd "fun" car for times you want a spirited drive. Miata's are cheap these days!